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Alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales chief surrenders to judge in Brazil

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:55 UTC
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The British boss of a FIFA partner firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has surrendered to a judge in Brazil. Police had tried to arrest Ray Whelan four days ago but he was not at his exclusive Rio de Janeiro hotel. Mr. Whelan, director of Match Hospitality, denies any wrongdoing. Read full article

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  • ElaineB

    As I said before, he would surrender once he had his story straight and had been fully briefed by his lawyers.

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 07:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    1
    ...you are just so perceptive...the rest of us were adamant he was going to evade the law and be on the run forever...

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 08:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @2 ….and…you…are…so……….. :)

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 09:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    Apparently, Sepp Blatter’s nephew is one of the principal officers of the Company run by Whelan.

    Ain’t it strange how this blatant case of nepotism has been given so little coverage by the Capitalist Press!

    Cheers!

    Jim Handley, in Madrid, Spain.

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 09:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @4 It has been covered in the U.K.

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Why do I keep thinking of Ronnie Biggs when this story pops up?

    Not being facetious either! For some reason my subconscious keeps making the link...
    ...better go and do some work. ...

    (wanders off, muttering in senile fashion. ..)

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For: ElaineB (#)

    Re: “@4 It has been covered in the U.K.”

    MINIMALLY, as I implied –but you need to ACTIVELY SEARCH for the information –it certainly ain’t in the headlines nor it is given the prominence it obviously merits. And in many Radio/TV reports, it ain’t even mentioned.

    Cheers!

    Jim.

    Jul 15th, 2014 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    @7
    Why should it appear in the UK papers? It happened in Brazil so none of our business, incidently I understand he learnt corruption while being in Brazil as it appears to be the norm down there.

    Jul 17th, 2014 - 05:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For:
    8 golfcronie Jul 17th, 2014 - 05:06 am

    Re: “@7
    Why should it appear in the UK papers? It happened in Brazil so none of our business, incidently I understand he learnt corruption while being in Brazil as it appears to be the norm down there.”

    Because all four of the UK’s national Soccer Associations are members of FIFA and the perpetrator of the ALLEGED fraud is a British subject who operates a business registered in England, in which the FIFA president’s nephew is said to be implicated.

    Incidentally, Ronnie Briggs didn’t need to emigrate to Brazil to learn to be a crook, yet he was constantly subjected to detailed scrutiny by the UK’s popular, “pandering to plebs” Press.

    Cheers!

    Jim, in Madrid.

    Jul 17th, 2014 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    'emigrate' ?
    That's a new word for it!

    Ha!

    Jul 17th, 2014 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    @9

    Must be a major topic of conversion down at the Legion!

    Jul 17th, 2014 - 04:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For 10 ilsen & 11 Leiard.

    For 10 ilsen.

    Re: “'emigrate' ?
    That's a new word for it!
    Ha!”

    You’re right. I ought to have enclosed the Word EMIGRATE in parenthesis, in order to indicate that I spoke with my tongue in my cheek!

    For: 11 Leiard.

    Re: “Must be a major topic of conversion down at the Legion!”

    Since leaving the Army, I’ve spent almost all my life working overseas for UK interests. Consequently, I’ve never had the honour of being invited to a Royal British Legion Club. Nevertheless, I’m quite sure that those RBL Members who are ex-front line soldiers are NOT QUITE so STUPID and uninformed as you disparagingly imply in your downright disrespectful message…

    Cheers!

    Jim, in Madrid.

    Jul 17th, 2014 - 08:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    @12
    Well I can tell you from experience that it is not a topic down at the legion, however Spain, Gibraltar and the Falklands often is.

    My message was in no way disrespectful, having been part of a military family for 4 generations, my son has also recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan. So please spare me your nonsense.

    Jul 18th, 2014 - 04:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For: 13 Leiard (#)

    Re: “@12
    Well I can tell you from experience that it is not a topic down at the legion, however Spain, Gibraltar and the Falklands often is.

    My message was in no way disrespectful, having been part of a military family for 4 generations, my son has also recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan. So please spare me your nonsense.”

    Perhaps you’re blissfully unaware of your arrogance, but you’re STILL propagating an image of RBL Members as a bunch of old fogeys who’s limited intellectual attributes renders them incapable of opining on anything other than the shallow, chattering class topics promoted by the self-serving popular Media. As a member of a couple of serious, international Military History associations, I can assure you that old soldiers’ thinking is by no means as stupidly superficial as you appear to suggest!

    I wholeheartedly join you in celebrating your Son’s is safe return home, after a WHOLE SIX MONTHS service in Afghanistan. But both you and he would do well to remember that, not so long ago, an overseas’ tour could last as long as SIX FRIGGIN’ YEARS’!!!

    Jim, in Madrid.

    Jul 18th, 2014 - 09:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    Mr. Jim Handley from Madrid

    What an “FRIGGING” arrogant person you are, I have read the posts @11 and @13 and they show no disrespect for the Royal British Legion.

    Your comment
    “after a WHOLE SIX MONTHS service in Afghanistan”
    This comment regarding the length of his son's tour is totally out of order and arrogantly disrespectful.

    You should also check your facts regarding your comment - “ But both you and he would do well to remember that, not so long ago, an overseas’ tour could last as long as SIX FRIGGIN’ YEARS’!!!”

    June 1946
    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1946/jun/04/overseas-tour-reduction

    Jul 20th, 2014 - 04:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For: 15 agent999 (perchance a rather ridiculous wannabee reincarnation of the protagonist of the bullshit inspired James Bond novels?)

    Re:

    Jul 20th, 2014 - 11:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    How odd.

    Jul 21st, 2014 - 12:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    PART 1.
    For: 15 agent999 (a rather ridiculous wannabee reincarnation of the bullshit inspired James Bond novels?)

    Re:

    Jul 21st, 2014 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Re: (que?)

    no 'perchance' but added 'PART 1'

    intriguing!

    Must be Top Secret stuff?

    Will the Eagle land at Dawn?

    Does Dawn know?

    Is the Sun below the yard-arm?

    Is anyone three sheets to the wind?

    ;-)

    Jul 21st, 2014 - 03:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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