The Golden Tickets




From top: Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony ticket; Irish Olympic chief Pat Hickey and ID for Kevin Mallon

Irishman Kevin James Mallon, one of the heads at hospitality provider THG Sports, was arrested with tickets for the Rio Games..

Mallon is accused of conspiracy and helping sell tickets illegally.

The then-CEO of the same company, James Sinton, was arrested in 2014 as part of the investigation into the alleged World Cup ticket scam, police said.

Stephen Hickey, the son of OCI president Pat Hickey, worked as a manager for THG Sports during the 2012 games. There is no suggestion that the Hickeys are involved in this current investigation.


THG Sports chief executive James Sinton was arrested during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and accused by police of heading up a “ticketing mafia”. He was later freed after paying a fine and left the country.

In 2012, former footballer Romário, now a Brazilian senator, accused Pat Hickey of being involved in ticket touting for the 2012 Summer Games and the 2014 Winter Games. He said Pat Hickey was the link between the IOC and firms selling tickets on the black market. Pat Hickey dismissed the accusations.

Face of Irish executive arrested over alleged sale of €3m official tickets at Rio Olympics (

Inquiry into alleged sale of Irish tickets for Olympics (Irish Times)

‘Immediate investigation’ into alleged fraudulent selling of Irish tickets (RTÉ)

Previously: OCI Appoint Ticketing Agency For 2012 Games (OC!)

Pics: AFP

38 thoughts on “The Golden Tickets

  1. Nugget

    Boxer doping and ticket touts. We need to send over more of the world’s greatest fans to clear this mess up.

  2. Fully Keen

    We are basically Nigeria, aren’t we?

    We are though.


    We like to think we are above the search for gravy but we aren’t.


    1. phil

      Ive often wondered myself. Are irish people predisposed to corrupt behavior or is is just those of us who have risen to the ‘top’…

  3. rotide

    Everyone seems to be confusing the ‘Irish’ bit with the ‘olympic’ bit in the IOC.

    We got caught out this time. Next time it will be another countries olympic council.

    They’re no better than FIFA and have a very very very long history with this sort of thing.

    1. Junkface

      Yes, true. This is a tiny ant compared to the Godzilla sized FIFA corruption. Man! Those guys knew how to take it to another level

    2. realPolithicks

      You’re right that the IOC and FIFA are extraordinarily corrupt organizations, but you also can’t get away from the fact that there is rampant corruption in many sections of Irish society….

      1. rotide

        There is corruption yes. Not up to Nigerian standards though which is what was being implied before this.

    3. rotide

      first line should read “Everyone seems to be confusing the ‘Irish’ bit with the ‘olympic’ bit in the OCI”

      bloody alphabet soup.

  4. steve knievel

    I find it hard to believe that the OCI are not aware of Mallon given that THG were their ticketing partner in 2012 and Hickeys son worked for THG.

  5. Tish Mahorey

    I can’t stand how the Irish Independent do this “Face of…” thing with people’s photos.

    FACE of man who was arrested.
    FACE of woman at centre of scandal.

    It sounds really thick. Look at his FACE!

    1. jonotti

      It’s a despicable publication.
      Their latest thing is to put up clickbait death/serious injury porn on the top right of the page.
      I find the daily mail more likable at this stage..

  6. Truth in the News

    Will RTE be sending out Paul Reynolds Crime Correspondent to do an interview
    with some of our OCI top brass, indeed how many from Montrose are in Rio anyways
    and their body language on to nights news feeds looked some what un-comfortable
    if not embarrased, any chance Pat Hickey will do a live Press Conference from Brazil

  7. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Shurrup about de oilimpicks, yiz eejits.
    Wait ’til we win a medal or somethin’, den we can all go on de lash 2gether., a nation as one.

    It’s early daze now.

    Yerman Katiee looks like a fun wrestler. I wouldn’t throw her out of the ring for eating Rancheroes.
    – But I’d have fun trying, knowarramean?

  8. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I swear to God…
    One of these days she’s gonna swing for my head and I’m gonna be be ready…I’m gonna move a few inches to the left, (Her right) and she;s gonna miss and hurt herself real bad. I swear to God.

    After that me and him her might become friends.

  9. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    A champion Irish female boxer…

    -What a conundrum.

    -Then it all becomes clear…She loves Jesus.
    – Then you get confused again.
    – You can’t tell if it was one punch too many or one too little.
    – You just resign yourself to 20yrs of listening to her talking about it on RTÉ.

    She’ll have her own talk-show when Miriam starts looking old.
    Mark my words, whatever that means…

  10. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Don’t get me wrong…
    I have no personal gripe with Katie ‘Play the trailer’ Taylor.
    -Is she even IN these olympix? -Who knows?

    Take it from me Catherine, Kaytlyn or whatever…
    I wish you every success in your TV career.
    I don’t begrudge you anything. You earned every ounce of it and you deserve it.
    You look like a girl who was never punched. Not even once, so far.
    -You are a leg end.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Jesus is the word.
      Jesus is the word.
      Jesus is the word.

      …soon after that I met this guy who was into necrophilia. I just lay there. He never complained.

      I often wonder whatever happened to that guy…

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        I have three things to say;

        02; Terrible venue
        03- Terrible network
        07, or whatever number we’re on now, needs another 0.
        16. Who’s co</strike?unting?
        05. Rlax. Have a complimentary E.
        07. two sevens…you almost hit the jackpot, you loser…
        08. …so close…

        I might come back again, if I can think of a number 4.
        Until then stop shouting and keep your hair cut.

  11. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    OMG, I messed up the HLTM in that last post, diddle Oi?
    I feel like am an I kidn ov an ijiot or something.

    I am a stupid.
    Ha ha… U could easily beat me in a fite.
    y will nobody fit8 with me. u will win, easy.
    Even Katy Trailer=Park could knock me out with one kiss.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Only messing, and no offence Katy.
      I don’t want you to kiss me.

      It’s just that I know better looking blokes and I’m in no hurry to kiss any of them either.

      Keep punching the heads off people…you’re great.
      Do it for yerman, what’s his name…Jesus, it was on the tip of me tongue there for a second…
      – The beardy white bloke who was born in Africa…Fisherman, Carpenter, Home-brewer… He was great at everything…
      -What was his name again…Jesus…I won’t be able to sleep until I remember it…
      -Wears a dress…has a beard…rumours of him riding a donkey have never been proven…
      You know who I mean…he’s a bit Gay, but sure they all were back then…Who are we to judge?

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