Friday 28 July 2017

John Delaney breaks silence on Rio ticket allegations

John Delaney has said he will reconsider his position on the OCI’s Executive Committee. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Delaney has said he will reconsider his position on the OCI’s Executive Committee. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said he had "no knowledge or involvement in anything to do with tickets for the Rio games".

Mr Delaney, who is also Vice President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), issued a lengthy statement about the ticket touting allegations yesterday afternoon.

The statement marked the first time the FAI boss has spoken about the affair since it hit the headlines in August.

He went on to say he has no involvement in the day-to-day running of the OCI.

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Furthermore he claimed that the appointment of Pro10 as the Authorised Ticket Reseller by the OCI was "not brought to the OCI Board's attention".

Mr Delaney concluded: "In the coming period, I will also reconsider my position as the FAI's volunteer member of the OCI Executive Committee."

Pat Hickey, who temporarily stood down as OCI president following his arrest on August 17, is currently in Rio de Janeiro where he has been charged in relation to alleged ticket touting at the 2016 games.

The 71-year-old, THG director Kevin Mallon and eight others are accused of ticket-touting, ambush marketing, theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association.

Mr Hickey, through his solicitor, has claimed that all decisions in relation to ticketing at the Olympics were made on a collective basis.

As part of the investigation, police in Rio seized the passports of three OCI members and secured warrants for the seizure of the passports of three further members, including Mr Delaney.

In his statement, released on FAI.ie and addressed to "Football Family", Mr Delaney said: "As everyone should now be aware, this warrant was subsequently withdrawn, 10 days ago.

"In fact, the Brazilian police have never made any contact with me in relation to this issue."

Mr Delaney went on to say he was taking legal action against a number of media outlets, adding that he would not be commenting further for this reason.

The OCI board comprises of 13 people and Mr Delaney insisted that his role does not involve him in the "day-to-day operations".

Irish Independent

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