Olympic Council of Ireland denies role in alleged Rio ticket touting scandal

• Brazilian police arrest two individuals in possession of Irish allocation tickets
• Olympic Council of Ireland launches immediate investigation

The Irish Olympic Council has denied any knowledge of alleged ticket touting after its name was pictured on tickets seized by police as part of a huge crackdown on alleged touting, during which they arrested two individuals linked to a company owned by Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans.

One of those arrested, an Irishman named Kevin James Mallon, was allegedly caught selling tickets for the Olympics opening ceremony at hugely inflated prices. According to police, a search of Mallon’s luxury hotel found that it was allegedly being used as the premises for London based firm THG, to illegally resell Olympic tickets. According to photographs produced by the police, some of the opening ceremony tickets featured the name of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

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