Cheshire Businessman arrested over illegal World cup tickets

An English director of Fifa's hospitality partners Match has been arrested in Brazil as part of an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

MATCH Statement says Ray Whelan will be exonerated of all charges

Ray Whelan taken being arrested in full glare of the cameras in Rio
Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality was arrested in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: RTV

MATCH Services has released a statement following the arrest of one of their directors in Rio de Janeiro in an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

'Ray Whelan has been released from police custody and will assist the police with further enquiries.

MATCH have complete faith that the facts will establish that he has not violated any laws.MATCH will continue to fully support all police investigations, which we firmly believe will fully exonerate Ray.

In the meantime, Ray Whelan, as well as the rest of the MATCH personnel will continue to work on our operational areas of responsibility in order to deliver a successful 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.'