Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

5 July 2014

Africa: Fifa Probes Illegal Ticket Sales

Photo: Futebol 2014
This South African boy's pitch invasion after the friendly between South Africa and Brazil stole the show. Brazil beat South Africa 5-0 (file photo).

On instructions from the World Football Governing Body (FIFA), Brazilian authorities have opened investigations following the arrest in Rio de Janeiro of eleven suspects in connection with the illegal sale of tickets allocated for sponsors, officials, players and none government officials.

Two prime suspects, Brazilian footballer Ronaldhino's brother and agent, Roberto de Assis Moreira and Algerian Mohamadou Lamine Fofana are under questioning. Rio newspaper "O Dia" reported that it had access to police wiretap of a conversation between Roberto and Lamine on June 17, 2014.

Another police source also revealed that the ticket ring may also involve several members of some federations.

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