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Thursday 29 September 2016

Arrested OCI president Pat Hickey was told to put Sports Minister Shane Ross 'back in his box'

Matt Sandy

Published 17/08/2016 | 17:10

Sports Minister Shane Ross (right) with Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy and Pat Hickey of the Olympic Council of Ireland yesterday
Sports Minister Shane Ross (right) with Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy and Pat Hickey of the Olympic Council of Ireland yesterday

OCI president Pat Hickey was advised to put Sports Minister Shane Ross 'back in his box', according to emails released by Brazilian police today.

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Detectives say they found emails on Hickey’s phone to and from Marcus Evans, the owner of THG. Another email, from a law firm, urged him to put Sports Minister Shane Ross “back in his box” ahead of a meeting between the two in Rio last weekend.

Police say they believe Pro 10 Sports Management, the current accredited reseller of Olympic tickets in Ireland, was created to allow the diversion of Irish Olympic tickets to THG, which sold them illegally in Brazil for up to 18 times their face value, police said.

Police in Brazil have also obtained court orders to detain three directors of Pro 10: Brit Michael Glynn and the Irishmen Ken Murray and Eamonn Collins.

Hickey is in hospital in Rio for tests on the advice of a hotel medic after his arrest.

The wife of Pat Hickey lied to detectives when they arrived at his hotel room to arrest him at 6am this morning, police said.

Officers arrived at the Windsor Marapendi hotel in Rio de Janeiro to find his wife alone in bed, but with many of her husband’s possessions still in the room, they said.

When asked where he was, she told them he had already returned to Ireland, according to police. Police eventually found Hickey in another, otherwise empty, room registered in the name of his son.

Police executed a warrant to detain Hickey on suspicion he was aware that tickets from the OCI had ended up with THG Sports, a British company not accredited to sell Olympic tickets.

The Olympics Council of Ireland have reported in a statement that Mr Hickey "complied fully with the terms of the warrant".

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