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MATCH: Charges against Whelan 'will be rebutted'

The hospitality company MATCH said that any charges brought against a British manager of the firm will be "rebutted".

Ray Whelan, the British manager of the hospitality firm is being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales.

He handed himself in to a judge in Brazil this evening.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge Credit: Sports Inc/Sports Inc

A statement by MATCH said: "MATCH remains absolutely confident that any charges raised against Ray will be rebutted."

MATCH admitted that offering the packages for cash was "highly unusual" but that it was "permitted under the various terms and conditions".

The company also said that Whelan was unaware that MATCH had put a block on Fofana buying any more packages or tickets.

More: Brit in World Cup ticket touting probe hands himself in


Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as manager of Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as manager of Brazil, the national football federation announced on the Confederations website,

The 65-year-old stood down as the World Cup hosts could only finish fourth, having been thrashed in their semi-final 7-1 by Germany.

The statement said:

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The resignation was accepted by president Marin, who was keen to thank all the coaches and players and, by extension, the Brazilian fans for their support throughout the World Cup campaign.

Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.

– Brazil's national football federation

More: Brazil coach Scolari 'resigns' after World Cup ends

Brit in World Cup ticket touting probe hands himself in

The British manager of a hospitality firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has handed himself in to a judge in Brazil.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge. Credit: PA

Ray Whelan who runs Match Hospitality had been sought by police investigating the illegal resale of VIP World Cup tickets at hugely inflated prices.But when they tried to arrest him four days ago he was not at his Rio de Janeiro hotel.

Match, a Fifa partner firm, had exclusive rights to sell VIP tickets for the World Cup and Whelan denies any wrongdoing.

Having turned himself in to judge Rosita Maria de Oliveira Netto he is expected to be questioned by police shortly.

Read: Brit arrested in World Cup ticket touting probe

World Cup demonstrations broken up with teargas

Hours before the World Cup final kicked off, police in Rio de Janeiro fired teargas and pepper spray at demonstrators near the Maracana stadium.

The protest against the lavish spending on the tournament began peacefully. Demonstrators held banners saying "Fifa go home."

As more people joined the protest, officers in riot gear moved in, firing tear gas and using pepper spray to disperse them.


Police search for Brit arrested in touting probe

Brazilian police claim a British man arrested as part of an investigation into World Cup ticket touting has fled officers coming to re-arrest him at his Rio hotel.

Ray Whelan is alleged to have been involved in selling on tickets to games at hugely inflated prices.

Read: Brit arrested in World Cup ticket touting probe

However his legal team reject the accusations and his company, MATCH, say he will be cleared.

They have also issued a statement rejecting police claims that Whelan is a "fugitive".

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports from Rio de Janeiro.

MATCH rejects Ray Whelan 'fugitive' claims

Hospitality company MATCH has issued a strongly worded rebuttal of police claims that its chief executive, Ray Whelan, had become a "fugitive".

Police in Rio de Janeiro said Mr Whelan, who was arrested earlier this week as part of an investigation into alleged World Cup ticket touting, had left his hotel before officers came to re-arrest him.

But MATCH insisted there was no evidence Mr Whelan had deliberately evaded the police, saying: "Mr Ray Whelan and his attorney Mr Fernando Fernandes left Copacabana Palace Hotel on 10 July prior to the arrival of the police."

Police released this CCTV footage of Ray Whelan, wearing a light blue shirt, in his Rio hotel.

"The CCTV images of the internal hotel surveillance system distributed to the media show that Mr Whelan did not rush from the hotel. Police arrived thereafter, and finding Mr Whelan was not there, simply requested that he present himself at the 18th Precinct," the statement continued.

Read: Brazilian police release CCTV of 'fugitive' Ray Whelan

The company also said it understood the terms of Mr Whelan's initial release from custody did not restrict his movements, "provided he stayed in Brazil".

MATCH added that Mr Whelan's lawyers have sought to revoke the order for his arrest.

Brazilian police release CCTV of 'fugitive' Ray Whelan

Brazilian police have released CCTV of Ray Whelan, a British national they say is "now considered a fugitive".

Whelan, who was arrested as part of a World Cup ticketing investigation earlier this week, is seen in the footage at the Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Police say they arrived with an arrest warrant to take Whelan back into custody but they could not find him at the hotel.

Read: Brit arrested in World Cup ticket touting probe

The footage shows Whelan, wearing a light blue shirt, walking through a security gate accompanied by his lawyer before sitting down at an exit.

Previously Whelan's lawyer described his client's arrest as "illegal and absurd".

Neymar claims challenge could have paralysed him

Brazilian striker Neymar tearfully claimed to reporters he could have been paralysed after his World Cup injury.

An emotional Neymar broke down as he spoke of Colombian Juan Zuniga's challenge, saying, "If it had been another two centimetres I could be in a wheelchair today."

Brazilian striker Neymar cries during a press conference as he discusses his injury. Credit: REUTERS/Marcelo Regua

"The challenge and what happened was unacceptable. I'm not going to say it was vicious and there was malice or intent because I can't speak for him but everybody who understands football, everybody, knows that was not a normal challenge," he said.

"I feel was blessed because it wasn't more serious," the footballer added.

Neymar revealed he will be supporting Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany.

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