Tuesday 6 December 2016

FAI's John Delaney linked to Olympic ticket touting scandal

Cathal McMahon

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

FAI chief John Delaney Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
FAI chief John Delaney Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Brazilian police want to seize the passport of FAI chief John Delaney as part of the investigation into the Olympic ticket scandal.

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A Brazilian judge has issued a warrant for the passports of six Olympic Council of Ireland executives, including Mr Delaney, the OCI vice-president.

Three OCI executives had their passports seized in a dawn raid in Rio yesterday and they were told not to leave Brazil.

Fraud police seized phones and laptops belonging to chef de mission Kevin Kilty, general secretary Dermot Henihan and CEO Stephen Martin.

Confirming the raids, the OCI said the men had not been arrested and were fully co- operating with police.

The latest set of raids follows the arrest of OCI president Pat Hickey last Wednesday.

Mr Hickey's lawyers in Brazil have claimed that the case against him has a slim chance of succeeding and said he could be freed in days.

Last night, members of the OCI executive committee - including Olympic medal winner Sonia O'Sullivan - met to discuss the recent developments.

Dermot Sherlock, formerly assistant honorary general secretary of the OCI, told the Irish Independent that the treatment of Mr Hickey by Brazilian authorities was a "total and absolute disgrace".

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