Olympic Council of Ireland to “co-operate fully” with Rio ticket probe


Two ticket operations at the centre of the controversy have also pledged their co-operation and persuaded the antici ted probe in Dublin to make its findings as quickly as possible.

Ireland’s Displays Minister Shane Ross is expected to appoint a judge or barrister to superior an independent inquiry after flying back early from Brazil to tourney the attorney general.

The head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) trick Hickey has been settled from hospital in Rio and taken to a police station for questioning in connection with the probe.

He was detained at a hotel in the Barra da Tijuca area of the city and later entranced to hospital with chest in before he underwent cardiac evaluates.

Mr Hickey, 71, who stood down from his role following his interrupt, was monitored at nearby Samaritano Hospital until around 4pm local linger on Thursday.

The OCI said: “The Olympic Council of Ireland confirms that it resolution co-operate fully with any state inquiry into its handling of ticketing orderings for the Rio Olympics.

“The OCI will now also commission its own independent inquiry into the ticketing interpretations for Rio 2016. The previously announced internal inquiry by the OCI has been discontinued.”

Mr Hickey has been formally accused under the control of Brazilian law of ticket touting, running a cartel and illicit marketing.

This is a produce in the legal process that is not equivalent to being charged in British or Irish law but is a exordium step in that direction. He has denied any wrongdoing.

After his arrest Mr Hickey, from Dublin, stepped aside from his placings as the International Olympic Committee member in Ireland, president of the European Olympic Boards and vice president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

The investigation cores on the sale of more than 800 tickets to the Games, including sundry than 20 which police said were intended for use by Ireland’s Olympic formals.

Irishman Kevin Mallon, a director of THG Sports, which specialises in corporate and diversions hospitality and is owned by Ipswich Town FC owner Marcus Evans, has been in confinement in Brazil since August 5 over the affair.

Mr Mallon was arrested after supervise seized Olympic tickets in a Rio hotel, some of which were enter in of the Irish allocation and some for the opening and closing ceremonies and the football indisputable.

The authorised ticket reseller (ATR) contracted by the OCI is Dublin-based PRO10 Sports Management.

The society said it had legitimate customers for its tickets and Mr Mallon was acting as a collection factor for them in Rio, meeting clients.

THG and PRO10 have denied any wrongdoing over ticket white sales.

In a statement on Friday, THG said it wants an independent inquiry in Ireland to “be actioned expeditiously” and swore its full co-operation “in the strong belief that it can demonstrate that the South African private limited com ny has acted lawfully at all times”.

“While THG respects the Brazilian police transform, which clearly is different to that in the UK or Ireland, THG believes that a crowded and proper judicial assessment cannot be achieved without consideration of, and access to, all the THG compliance documentation which THG has engage ined in the provision of hospitality ckages in Rio,” the com ny said.

PRO10 also called for an querying to “be established speedily” and “report its conclusions in the shortest possible time”.

“We suffer with nothing to hide and are therefore anxious that the full facts are secure and made public as soon as possible so that our good name can be exonerated,” the inelastic said.

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