London: Detectives are to investigate whether Fifa had any links to a £58 million black market ticket scam at the World Cup, it was claimed on Saturday.
Marcos Kac, the Brazilian prosecutor who exposed the illegal racket, wants to enlist the help of global law enforcement agencies to find the source of the tens of thousands of tickets which were sold.
Kac plans to work with Interpol and foreign police forces to follow new leads involving tax evasion and money laundering. His team will investigate whether any Fifa officials knew of the ticket-touting deals, The Sunday Times reported.
Police suspect “someone from Fifa” and “an intermediary” from Match Hospitality, Fifa’s official hospitality package partner, may have diverted tickets for black market use.
This comes just weeks after it emerged that a former Fifa executive committee member paid £3 million in cash payments allegedly to drum up support for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.