Saturday 3 December 2016

Rio police want to interview John Delaney and Willie O'Brien - 'they are the big guys in the Council'

Cathal McMahon in Rio

Published 23/08/2016 | 22:36

Ricardo Barboza De Souza Head of the Civil Police Fraud Unit at Police City in Rio De Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys
Ricardo Barboza De Souza Head of the Civil Police Fraud Unit at Police City in Rio De Janeiro. Pic Steve Humphreys

Police in Brazil said they wanted to interview John Delaney and Willie O'Brien about their involvement in an alleged ticket touting scam because “they are the big guys in the council”.

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Investigator Aloysio Falcao spoke to the media in English shortly after the press conference.

When asked why he wanted to interview FAI chief Executive and OCI Vice President John Delaney and Temporary President Willie O'Brien Mr Falcao explained: “We wanted to know about his involvement in this case but he didn't come to Brazil.

“All the emails were sent to Patrick Hickey, copied to John Delaney and Willie O'Brien because they are the big guys in the council.

“Patrick Hickey said in the police station that all the decisions were made by the executive council and these guys are the big guys in the OCI.

“We want to know if he was participating in this case or not. We have to listen to [Kevin} Kilty and [Stephen] Martin on Thursday.

"And also, we want to send for the Minister of Ireland to check the information about his [alleged] involvement in this scandal.”

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