IOC member Hickey moved to Rio prison during ticket probe


The IOC hierarchy is used to being treated like royalty in Olympic host cities.

Patrick Hickey is sharing a Rio de Janeiro prison cell with Kevin Mallon as both men wait to see if they are formally charged in the Olympic Games ticket-touting controversy.

Here is a closer look at the case.

Olympic official Patrick Hickey was arrested as part of a probe into Ireland's allotted tickets being scalped at the Rio Games.

Hickey was part of the IOC's powerful board and a long-time International Olympic Committee member but Bach offered little in terms of information regarding specific support for a once high-profile colleague, who sat right behind Bach at the August 5 opening Games ceremony. He joined the executive board four years ago. The footage shows the former head of the European Olympic Committee in his son's hotel room.

Irish Sports Minister Shane Ross has, meanwhile, announced the establishment of an independent inquiry into the scandal. Hickey is also president of the OCI, head of the European Olympic Committees and vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees. Hickey has been struggling to find a host to stage the 2019 games.

Hickey, 71, was arrested at his Rio hotel after being accused of ticket scalping, ambush marketing and conspiracy.

"Notwithstanding, PRO10 utterly rejects any insinuation that they have been involved in selling tickets at inflated prices, ticket touting or scalping".

The Olympic Council of Ireland has said it will fully co-operate with the Irish inquiry into the alleged illegal sale of tickets.

Irish Olympic president Pat Hickey with IOC chief Thomas Bach
LARRY FRENCH GETTY IMAGES Irish Olympic president Pat Hickey with IOC chief Thomas Bach

Police claim that one part of the tickets discovered were allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and the second were set aside for the "Irish public".

Mr Hickey was wheeled from a hospital in Rio de Janeiro last night and taken by auto to a police station to be quizzed about the accusations.

"Continuing our investigation, civil police discovered the involvement of Patrick (Hickey) in the global scheme of ticket scalping", the Rio police fraud unit said.

The investigation was no surprise for Hickey.

"While THG respects the Brazilian police process, which clearly is different to that in the United Kingdom or Ireland, THG believes that a full and proper judicial assessment can not be achieved without consideration of, and access to, all the THG compliance documentation which THG has followed in the provision of hospitality packages in Rio", the company said.

Commissioner Barboza explained their investigation is focusing on email contact between Mr Hickey and Marcus Evans, the owner of THG sports and Ipswich Town Football Club. Evans regularly faces scrutiny for his sale of tickets for major sporting events.

During the World Cup, police arrested high-level figures of the official Cup corporate hospitality provider for funneling tickets to touters.

Ray Whelan, the director of Match Services, was held in the same prison in 2014 following his arrest in a similar ticketing scam before being released.

Police officers suggested that Hickey's strategy is related to another scandal that implies THG Sports CEO James Mallon.

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