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UK businessman associated with FIFA and accused of ticket scalping is on the run

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 05:53 UTC
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An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, police said. Read full article


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  • reality check

    Anyone surprised there then?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Thought FIFA said he was totally innocent.
    Why run?
    He needs to go back and face the Courts.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 06:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Twit. You can run but you can't hide for long.

    This is one man in a huge operation that has been involved in ticket touting for many World Cup Finals. Shall we have a guess at who we think is Mr. Big?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 07:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    You wouldn't be referring to the Teflon Don by any chance?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 07:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Don Sepp?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check


    If the cap fits.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 08:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    For the fact, he has been identified, he will only get picked up when he goes through the airport, either in brazil or England,

    either way he will get caught and face prison perhaps.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 09:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    If I was them, the first place I would look would be the Ecuadorian Embassy.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 09:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • nololly

    Apparently they have his passport which he gave up in a gesture of good faith..

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    The Arthur Daley of FIFA. He needs a Minder.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 10:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    He's in South America, he's got something much better than a passport, money!

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I suspect it is who he can implicate that is the real problem. He is caught between the Brazilian police and Don Sepp's mob. That would make anyone run.

    His lawyers will be making a deal ahead of him turning himself in for further interviews.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 11:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Is he showing a bit more pace than Rooney?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 11:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    Send him to the Falklands. That place is South America's version of Guantanamo Bay.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    So he's guilty on whose say so....the Brazilian I understand it, they resell tickets as part of a package.....
    If I was guilty or not I would still run....reach a place of safety, then prove my innocence....
    ...or would I put my freedom in the hands of the “uncorrupt” Brazilian Police....
    Scapegoat alert.....

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 12:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    At last a Troll recognises the correct name for them islands THE FALKLANDS.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The_TroLLing_Stone

    I thought the Anglos ALWAYS assumed the consequences of their actions.

    Liars the lot of them.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 02:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    The way it works here is the police first build the case, using rather far reaching but legal investigative powers, the results of which go before a judge regarding proceeding with the case or not, up and to indictment, and jailing pending trial, or not. This has already happened.

    Mr. Whelan was brought in for an “ interview, then formally arrested, then released pending trial on his personal ” parole, “ and advised that famous line ” not to leave town. “ He voluntarily surrendered his passport, or at least one of them, depending on how many he may own.

    Quartered in the elegant but old Copacabana Palace, he was not then considered to be a flight risk. That deference to an official of a FIFA-connected agency, may have been a mistake. When the judge then ruled on additional evidence that the 10 ringleaders should all be brought in again and jailed, someone with connections obviously tipped Mr. Whelan off.

    A rather hasty departure on the hotel CCTV tape is hardly the action of an innocent man, which the Swiss-based MATCH services might want to think about before making any more comments. 50,000 wire-tapped phone calls, both domestic and INTERNATIONAL, of which only half have been transcribed, probably resulted in the judge's delay in calling for the 10 to be jailed. That amount would include a lot of names, from low to high-placed.

    As I mentioned before, Herr Joseph ” Sepp ” Baltter, has been working with FIFA since 1971. The corruption charges against FIFA are increasing, almost weekly, and not diminishing, under his loose but lucrative management style. He might want to consider the merits of tending the roses of retirement, rather than pursue a re-election and possible charges and indictment himself.

    It's all about ALL -THAT - MONEY, Amigos !

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The_TroLLing_Stone

    Englishmen leaving through the back door?

    Seen this before.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 09:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    You should ask to be paid up front in future.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 09:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    17 and 19

    You are nothing but a racist.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 12:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Klingon says
    “Send him to the Falklands. That place is South America's version of Guantanamo Bay”

    What an utterly ridiculous statement. Proof please.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 04:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    And then again it could be that Mr. Whelan left early innocently enough, to practice for the musical at the Copa finale.

    Rumored updated hip-hop lyrics may seem both familiar, and apropos:

    “ Oh, there is nothing quite as wonderful as money
    There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash
    Some people say it's folly, but I'd rather have the lolly
    With money you can make a splash ! ”

    Suggestions that Sr. Elvis Killoff would be singing a duet with Mr. Whelan was cancelled given the Capitalist-Marxist overtones of the tune, and the fact that he cannot dance.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 06:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Brazil currently losing 0-2 against Holland.

    Poor show. I think Germany damaged them psychologically.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Saw it today on the beach at Porto Das Dunas.
    Not a single goal.

    Vaii Alemanha !!!

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Ooh I miss the beach. I am currently working in London

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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