Saturday 17 March 2018

The Olympic ticketing controversy: Who the Brazilian authorities have targeted

From Kevin James Mallon to John Delaney, via Pat Hickey and Marcus Evans - it's been a busy fortnight for Rio fraud squad

John Delaney pictured with his partner Emma English and former OCI chief Pat Hickey
John Delaney pictured with his partner Emma English and former OCI chief Pat Hickey

Cathal McMahon and Sean McGoldrick

THE Rio de Janeiro police fraud department have been busy for the last two and a half weeks.

From discovering 823 tickets in a safe to arresting one of the International Olympics Committee's top men Ricardo Barboza de Souza's charges have rocked one of the world's largest sporting organisations.

Kevin James Mallon was arrested in Rio Photo: AFP
Kevin James Mallon was arrested in Rio Photo: AFP
The notorious Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiros where Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are reportedly sharing a cell. Pic Steve Humphreys

Operating out of the Cidade da Polícia in northern Rio de Janeiro this unit shows no sign of slowing its stampede.

They have arrested two people, Kevin Mallon and Pat Hickey; issued warrants to arrest seven company directors; seized passports from three OCI executive members; and secured warrants to seize the passports of three more including stand-in president Willie O'Brien and FAI chief executive John Delaney.

Here is a complete list of their targets so far:

Friday, August 5

Businessman Marcus Evans Picture: Jason Dawson/REX/Shutterstock
Businessman Marcus Evans Picture: Jason Dawson/REX/Shutterstock

Kevin James Mallon (36): The Drimnagh native was arrested on the day of the Opening Ceremony near the Olympic stadium in Rio.

Police later searched his room and found 823 tickets for some of the most sought-after events.

Mallon is currently detained at the Bangu 10 prison in West Rio.

Monday, August 8

Willie O'Brien Photo: Sportsfile
Willie O'Brien Photo: Sportsfile
Dermot Henihan Photo: SPORTSFILE

The police issue arrest warrants for four others connected to UK ticketing group THG including Irish solicitor David Gilmore and Ipswich Town FC owner Marcus Evans

Marcus Evans (52): The Ipswich Town FC owner is a millionaire based in the UK. He also owns THG ticket sales which was previously the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the OCI at the London Olympics in 2012 and the Winter Games in Sochi two years later. THG's application to be the ATR for the 2016 games was rejected by the Rio authorities.

David Patrick Gilmore (35): The Galway-born solicitor has an address in Drumcondra, North Dublin, with directorships in four separate Irish-based firms owned by Mr Evans.

These are THG Sports Tours, THG Hospitality, Federation Events Tickets and Incentives and Marcus Evans Group Services, all of which are based at 7 Exchange Place, IFSC.

Martin Studd (49): A British national with no known association to Ireland.

Maarten Van Os (45): The Dutch national was the fourth person sought by police in their first wave of warrants. He is based in Hoofddorp in the Netherlands but he also has directorships in three Irish registered firms, namely THG Hospitality, Federation Events Tickets and Incentives and Leinster Events.

Wednesday, August 7

Pat Hickey (71): The second man arrested as part of this probe, Mr Hickey was taken by police from the Windsor Marapendi Hotel in Rio last Wednesday (August 17). He has stepped down as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and other International Olympic Committee roles temporarily.

He has been president of the OCI since 1988 also holding other positions internationally.

In 2006, he became president of the Rome-based European Olympic Committees. Through that, he played a role in the establishment of the European Games, the first of which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.

He is currently in custody at Bangu prison.

On the same day Hickey was arrested police also issued warrants for three Irish directors of Pro10 – the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the OCI at the Rio Games:

Michael Glynn (47): The registered football agent lists his nationality as British in company documents but he currently lives at an address in Clane, Co Kildare.

Prior to his involvement with Pro10, Glynn ran another soccer agency, Pro Soccer Ireland, which was registered to his home address in Kildare.

Eamon Collins (47): The Dublin-born former professional footballer previously played in England's lower leagues during the 1980s and 1990s.

After retirement Collins entered management in League of Ireland, and even took charge at St Patrick’s Athletic. Collins represents some well-known players including Ipswich Town striker, the Irish international Daryl Murphy.

He is listed as a director of Pro1o

Ken Murray (41): The certified investment planner has an address in Lucan, Co Dublin, and was previously the commercial manager of St Patrick’s Athletic.

Mr Murray is also a director of the Association of Expert Mortgage Advisers and runs a financial advice company called Finance Solutions, which is registered to the same address as Pro10.

Sunday, August 21

A judge orders the seizure of the passports of six members of the Olympic Council of Ireland's (OCI) executives.

Police seize three passports, computers and telephones from the OCI offices in Rio and accommodation in the city.

The passports they seized were from:

Stephen Martin: A native of Bangor in County Down, Stephen Martin is the chief executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland and is based in its headquarters in Howth.

A talented sportsman, he won an Olympic gold medal with the Great Britain hockey team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 having picked up a bronze medal with the team four years earlier in Los Angeles.

He has more than 100 caps for Ireland in the sport and is a former captain of the team. Even though he is the top paid official within the OCI, he has always maintained a low-key public profile.

Dermot Henihan: A native of Limerick, Mr Henihan has had a lifelong association with rowing.

He served in various executive positions with the Irish Rowing Union and was manager of seven Irish Olympic rowing and world championship squads. He was deputy Chef de Mission of the Irish Olympic team in Athens and Chef de Mission of the team four years later in Beijing in 2008. He is the current honorary general secretary of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Kevin Kilty: Mr Kilty is the Chef de Mission of the Irish team in Rio. From the sport of clay pigeon shooting, he became the performance director of the organisation in 2006 after retiring as an international shooter. He was the shooting team leader and coach for the Beijing and London Olympics.

He is an executive board member of the International Shooting Sports Federation and various other international shooting organisations. But he has no public profile in Ireland.

Police secured warrants for the seizure of passports from three other OCI members.

They were:

Willie O'Brien: Thrust into the limelight this week in Rio after Pat Hickey was arrested, Mr O'Brien faced media questions when he visited him in hospital before the latter's transfer to prison.

Prior to this controversy erupting, Hickey had indicated that he was stepping down as president of the OCI after the Rio Olympics and Mr O'Brien - the 'first' vice-president - would be taking over.

Mr O'Brien has a long association with the sport of archery, serving as general and international secretary as well as president of the organisation. He was the sport's delegate to the OCI for 12 years before being appointed Deputy Chef de Mission of the Irish team for the Sydney Olympics. Four years later in Athens, he served as Chef de Mission

John Delaney (48): The chief executive od the Football Association of Ireland has never been far from the headlines since he took over this role in 2005.

He is regarded as the heir apparent for the role of OCI president once Pat Hickey steps down permanently. The Waterford native has come under scrutiny in the past over his stewardship of the FAI and his salary

Linda O'Reilly: Ms O'Reilly is Pat Hickey's personal assistant and has been involved in the OCI since 1992.

Having targeted so many in such a short time many in Rio are waking up today wondering, who's next?

Commissioner Barboza, with the backing of World Cup legend turned Socialist politician Romario, is determined to target alleged ticket touting and he doesn't care about the status or wealth of those who believes are involved.

He told the “It doesn't matter how high up you are if there is some kind of proof against you then that's it. You are under investigation.”

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