Tuesday 24 April 2018

'You can use them all' - Hickey's deal on tickets with boss of 'touting' firm

Rio police claim to have emails from computer of OCI chief which show contact between pair from 2010

Pat Hickey. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Pat Hickey. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Police have released emails which allegedly show Pat Hickey offered tickets to Marcus Evans's THG for the opening and closing ceremonies of Rio 2016.

In an email, dated August 3, Mr Hickey allegedly told Mr Evans, the owner of THG Sports Tours Ltd, that he can use all of the National Olympic Committee tickets allocated.

Pro10 was the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

In the email, Mr Hickey told Mr Evans, the owner of Ipswich Town FC, that he had no use for the tickets and he could "use them all".

'Click to enlarge'
'Click to enlarge'

"We have tickets left that Pro 10 don't want so before we get rid of them have you any use for them," Mr Hickey asked Mr Evans.

The OCI previously told the Irish Independent on August 12 that all tickets were only given to Pro10, the authorised ticket reseller and not THG.

THG was formerly the ATR for the OCI for the London Olympics but was not approved for Rio 2016 by the OCI.

Police allege that Irish company Pro10 was created to act as a bridge between OCI and THG after this.

Police officer Aloysio Falcao also displayed an email, taken from Mr Hickey's computer, from 2010, which shows contact between the pair dated back to then.

Police also confirmed they are investigating a major money laundering operation to establish the financial link between those involved in the alleged crime.

Mr Falcao explained: "For the investigation it is very important for police to look at the money laundering aspect of the investigation.

"We will be forwarding all these documents to show that there is a huge mark-up between the face value and the price they were being sold for."

At a police conference in Rio last night, officers also confirmed an OCI member, Dermot Henihan, who had his passport seized has been told he is free to return home after meeting with officers, while his colleagues have rescheduled their meeting for tomorrow.

General Secretary Mr Henihan met with officers in 'Police City' and a short time later senior officers confirmed he had no role in an alleged international ticket touting ring.

Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty and CEO Stephen Martin were also due to meet police but the pair have rescheduled their meeting for tomorrow.

Dermot Henihan, OCI secretary general, in Rio
Dermot Henihan, OCI secretary general, in Rio

Speaking at a police conference, Ricardo Barboza de Sousa said Mr Henihan's role was "only bureaucratic".

Commissioner Barboza said: "Today Stephen Martin and Kevin Kilty asked to reschedule to Thursday to allow them to meet with lawyers.

"Henihan said he signed the document for bureaucratic reasons. His involvement has been excluded.

"For us there is no link in terms of the content of material we have. His role was bureaucratic only.

Willie O'Brien
Willie O'Brien

"There was no decision power behind this."

Commissioner Barboza said the two other executives remain suspects until their meeting tomorrow.

Police claimed 228 tickets were found in a safe in Mr Kilty's room.

John Delaney
John Delaney

Commissioner Barboza said: "Kevin Kilty said these tickets were destined for athletes but we know that every athlete is entitled to two tickets for their sport.

"We will talk to the Rio organisers to confirm this."

Police secured a warrant to seize the passports of six OCI executives following interviews with Pat Hickey in the last week.

Police sources have confirmed they sought to interview Mr Henihan, Mr Kilty and Mr Martin to establish what they know about an alleged ticket touting ring.

Police are seeking to establish if the decision to grant the ticketing licence for Rio 2016 first to THG and secondly to PRO10 was mutual or made independently by Mr Hickey.

According to court records Mr Hickey, who temporarily stepped down as OCI president after his arrest last week, has claimed it was a collective decision.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

The following are samples of emails allegedly sent between Pat Hickey and Marcus Evans which were shown by police in Rio de Janeiro last night. The emails were displayed as a sample of contacts that allegedly took place between the two men in 2010 and in 2016.

August 3, 2016 at 2.19am

Thanks Marcus.

“I can confirm to you that I do not require any of the opening or closing ceremony tickets that was part of our NOC allocation. You can use them all.” Best Regards,


August 3 at 14.01

Kevin Kilty
Kevin Kilty

Hi Pat

Glad to hear all coming together, I am afraid I have more than I need as well so all we can do is put back on portal for hopeful resell_BW Marcus.

August 3 at 14.59

That sounds great Marcus. Things are coming together here in Rio but with a lot of effort being put in. We have tickets left that PRO10 don’t want so before we get rid of them have you any use for them?



March 30, 2010 at 1.01pm

Pat thanks for the attached. Nothing new here really. Our response is nearly ready and I will send you a copy shortly. Cheers Marcus.

Linda O'Reilly
Linda O'Reilly

March 30 at 11.18


Further to our telephone conversation yesterday, in-between I received the attached email from Debbie Jevans and I attach same for your attention. Since I spoke to you I have not yet spoken to her but will do so today. Looking at the copy of the email she sent me from their lawyer to your lawyer it looks like they are getting very aggressive on this issue as one would expect them to do so. However, my prime aim is to maximize our ticket allocation and I don’t think it’s wise to ruffle to [sic] many feathers at the moment we will have our day in the sun after we get what we want and the OCI will completely refute his point no.7 about having the right to sell tickets to citizens of Northern Ireland. In addition I do not want any of the heavies of the IOC becoming involved at this stage as again they will be very important for me to lean on when it comes to the ticket allocation as they are the ones who will – [photocopy ends here].

OCI passports sought

A Brazilian judge issued a warrant for the passports of six Olympic Council of Ireland officials on Saturday.

The passports wanted belong to:

  • Kevin Kilty, chef de mission
  • Stephen Martin, chief executive
  • Dermot Henihan, general secretary
  • Willie O'Brien, acting president
  • John Delaney, vice-president
  • Linda O'Reilly, personal assistant

The passports of Mr Kilty, Mr Martin and Mr Henihan were seized in Rio on Sunday.

These are the only OCI executives whose passports have been sought by Brazilian authorities.


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