Saturday 10 December 2016

How Delaney was dragged into the Rio Olympics ticketing trawl

A deposition by Pat Hickey led to police issuing warrants to seize the passports of the soccer chief and other officials. Maeve Sheehan on the collateral damage of Riogate

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

UNDER PRESSURE: John Delaney, the Olympic Council of Ireland vice-president and the FAI’s chief executive, has remained silent on the ticketing controversy. Photo: David Conachy
UNDER PRESSURE: John Delaney, the Olympic Council of Ireland vice-president and the FAI’s chief executive, has remained silent on the ticketing controversy. Photo: David Conachy

Last week, Brazilian investigators cast the net wide in their probe of the ticket-touting scandal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and John Delaney, the most influential man in Irish football, found himself dragged into the biggest controversy to hit Irish sport in years.

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If Brazilian police are to be believed, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland has Pat Hickey to thank for what is yet another twist in the unfolding saga of Riogate.

The day after his arrest at his Rio hotel, the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Pat Hickey was discharged from his hospital bed for an appointment with Brazilian police about alleged illegal ticket touting.

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