Pat Hickey Arrested And Hospitalised In Rio



Olympic Council of Ireland chief Pat Hickey in his room at the Windsor Marapendi Hotel, Barra Tijuca, Rio this morning..

Police in Brazil investigating illegal Olympic ticket sales have arrested the head of the European Olympic Committees, Irishman Patrick Hickey.

Mr Hickey, 71, is suspected of being involved in a scheme to sell tickets for higher than their face value.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution, and will probably stay the night there, police said.

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) said he had stood down temporarily from his roles after being arrested.

Brazilian police said that when officers went to Mr Hickey’s hotel room on Wednesday morning, they found his wife there with his Olympic credentials.

Mrs Hickey told them her husband had left Rio de Janeiro for Ireland at the weekend, they said.

With the help of the hotel they began a search and found Mr Hickey in the room next door, they added.

While police said they had reason to believe he was trying to escape, a video apparently of the arrest on the ESPN Brazil sports news website shows Mr Hickey answering the door naked to officers.

Irish IOC head ‘arrested in Rio’ (BBC)




Polícia do Rio vai a hotel e prende executivo do COI por máfia de ingressos (ESPN)


A warrant for Pat Hickey’s arrest.

Earlier: ‘Thank You For Calling Marcus Evans’



A tweet (above) this morning from Shane Ross, who joined Mr Hickey last night (top) at celebrations for Annalise Murphy’s silver in the sailing.

More as we get it.

178 thoughts on “Pat Hickey Arrested And Hospitalised In Rio

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Worries about “reputational damage” to Ireland?? HAAAAAH, the biggest tax haven in Europe – home of the vulture fund dodgy deal? – beyond funny. Glad to see Pat is availing of ‘medical treatment ‘ – first port of call for the great and the good of Ireland when the sh!t hits the fan.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        BTW I personally volunteer to scraoe by on Pat’s “honorarium” of sixty grand pa. I’ll even do some work for it.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          Just listening to some radio news – the usual suspects, Duffy, Moncrieff et al, bitching on the arrest. Seems we are huge fans of ‘probity ‘ – until it involves an Irish person.

  1. Mikeyfex

    If he did a ‘fair maiden’ type faint as he got arrested I’ll allow it and he’s back in my good books.

    1. Maria

      Got it in one barry! Ireland, corrupt from he top down! Wonder will the Brazilian police come over here now and look at Nama, Irish Water, Mary Boyle case, funding to Political Parties etc

      1. Jimmee

        Since corruption is probably commutative, if it’s corrupt from the top down, then it’s also corrupt from the bottom up.

    1. Phelem Mooney

      It’s GAS. Slide badge under door, fled to the adjacent room like a wimp and then does the ‘oh i’m sick’ trick. I LOVE IT. It’s like he’s in a country where there are repercussions to doing bad things. And the dressing gown, hahaha. Oh gas, cracking meself up.

      RIO 2016, I LOVE U.

      No fry-up for Pat this morning. #MICHAELMCCOLLUM #FITFAM #HEALTHY #REPEAL

  2. bsteve knievel

    Im surprised there hasnt been more coverage in the irish media of the secondary ticketing market which is effectively touting .

        1. Bonkers

          BBC reporting that he tried to do a runner from the police. Hardly the actions of an innocent man

      1. Otis Blue

        Funny you should say that.

        Some years ago a former politician was alleged to have caused damage to an adjacent yacht in Baltimore. Cue local plod boarding former politician’s yacht to interview him to be met with ex pol naked save for a skimpy towel to preserve his modesty. Requested by plod to put on something more appropriate he went below deck only to return in a kimono. Interview then commenced. Damage admitted and matter resolved.

        True story and but a trifling matter given the guy’s rap sheet.

        Dressing gowns matter

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    So was the legal advice about an independent investigator ” Don’t, because they’ll find out what what you’ve been up to.”?

    Considering the vast swathes of empty seats, this must be the least lucrative touting event in history!

    1. De Kloot

      You know it’s entirely possible there’s many other national federations in on the act…. There’s just one problem…. an awful lot of Brazilians can’t afford the original price let alone the gouged up price….

  4. Tish Mahorey

    I see the usual Irish media huddle on Twitter are awkwardly avoiding showing any condemnation of Hickey. Using terms like ‘Curious’, ‘Surprise’, ‘Shock’.

          1. jambon

            Wow! First time I’ve ever had a complete handle on an accent and a type in so few words. Let’s read that again … “Figured you’re a bit of a scrote.” And boom! Again, my eyebrows were furrowed, imaginary plums were inserted in my mouth, and my head wobbled as a pseudo Ross O’Carroll-Kelly took possession.

        1. rotide

          I’m not supporting him, I’m just not a reactionary idiot who launches the SS Hyperbole at the first oppurtunity like yourself.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          I’ve been warned about my “naughty listing” again. I think I’ll give up this lark – the appearance of discourse only – v disappointing.

  5. Manolo

    Typical Irish, letting the Brits do our abortions, Germans run our economy, Americans have a military airbase in Shannon and Brazilians jail our crooks.

  6. Junkface

    “Let this show the world, when it comes to Corruption, Ireland can compete with the best of them!”

    Hurrah! Hurrah!!

      1. Junkface

        A few Irish individuals Tony! Don’t be in denial.

        Ireland has a record of corruption in many different occupations from Politics (FF, FG), Banking (Anglo Irish Bank) to Charities (GOAL,Console, Rehab), Construction (Priory Hall,Pirite, Longboat Quay etc…) to Sport now

        1. Tony

          Im well aware of the incidents of corruption. But I travel a bit and read a bit and realise its part of the human condition rather than anything uniquely Irish. But some people hate this place so much that they jump with joy everytime a bit of corruption is exposed so they can confirm their depressing image of themselves. The rest of us get on with it and affect actual change rather than the liveline form of activism seen here.

          1. some old queen

            When you see the reluctance of authorities to investigate let alone prosecute, it is fairly obvious why the general public is so cynical.

            What is occurring in Rio right now would never happen here.

          2. Tony

            You’re right. Brazil is a paragon of virtue. Its a kip. A third world country where everyone is as corrupt as a 5 bob note. Don’t let you hatred of Ireland cloud your judgement.

          3. Junkface

            No one is saying that they hate Ireland. I think we all absolutely hate Irish corruption, and every few weeks there’s a new scandal. Quite a lot for such a small country. It has affected all of our lives, the sooner we expose it all and punish it the sooner we can have a more fair, functioning country.

            And Brazil is a beautiful country by the way, are you crazy? Sure its got its own massive corruption problems, but its not a kip.

          4. Tony

            Visit Rio. It might give you perspective on gender, inequality, corruption, crime and all the things you care about. Corruption will never be wiped out. Utopian wishing of otherwise, while pleasant, is just utopian.

          5. Nigel

            Isn’t Fallacy Of The Excluded Middle your middle name? Might as well be. Heh. And I bet you think you no logick gud.

          6. Sheik Yahbouti

            Tony, care to enlighten us as to how much “actual change” you, or “the rest of us” have actually effected in, say, the last five years?

          7. Tony

            Helped with everything from Central Bank reform to the Gay marriage referendum, Then a few minor things around the courts services, adult education, community travel schemes, mental health networks and sports for disabled. Also managed to effect change in some crucial areas for coastal and island living employment. And some tech for assisted living. OK?

          8. mildred st. meadowlark

            This is better than the day Jonotti posted his payslip up here to prove a point.

          9. Nigel

            It’s other people trying to change things Tony disapproves of. Other people complaining about things is the worst. That’s why he compliains about it so much.

          10. Tony

            No Nigel. its the whiny SJW’s with their fascistic compassion that I dont like. Those who victimise society in order to save them. My approach is to help first, not whine like a privileged, first world moaning attention seeker. My approach is to help those in need, not use them to signal my own virtue. I usually find people appreciate my help more than my “concern”.

          11. Nigel

            Someone whose chief concern is SJW fascism isn’t just signalling virtue, they’re strutting up and down a walkway wearing this season’s hottest, safest, hollowest virtue. Next you’ll be telling me you don’t like hipsters. Bet you still think fallacy of the excluded middle is some sort of SJW term.

          12. rotide

            Im well aware of the incidents of corruption. But I travel a bit and read a bit and realise its part of the human condition rather than anything uniquely Irish. But some people hate this place so much that they jump with joy everytime a bit of corruption is exposed so they can confirm their depressing image of themselves. The rest of us get on with it and affect actual change rather than the liveline form of activism seen here.

            Quoting this because it’s the truest thing I’ve read here in a while.

      2. Tish Mahorey

        You’re right. It’s usually just the few at the top of Irish institutions who are the most corrupt.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Six years in a Rio jail before we can look forward to the Friday night ‘Hickey and McCollum Show’.

      1. Tish Mahorey

        Either you genuinely don’t believe Ireland is riddled with the white collar crimes of private school old boys or you know it’s true and prefer it’s not mentioned.

        1. Tony

          Either you believe we are second to Nigeria or you’re actually stupid. And nice chip on the shoulder there by the way. It suits you

          1. Tish Mahorey

            No chip on my shoulder Tony. I am of that background myself. I just don’t agree with the culture of mutual back-scratching even when blatantly criminal, because the entire country suffers the loss as a result.

        2. Junkface

          Private school old boys? This isn’t the UK. A lot of these corrupt Irishmen come from normal middle class/working class backgrounds in every county in Ireland. They learn this corruption on their way to higher positions. Who do they learn it from? Everyone around them.

      2. Sheik Yahbouti

        Tony – Since there was no ‘reply’ facility under your ‘reply’ to me, I’ll take pot luck. Whilst I admire the activists who have campaigned, in their own interests, to bring equality of treatment for gay people – as is right and good, the remainder of your list is pretty threadbare. I was asking about REAL change in the areas of reform of how this country is governed, and efforts to actually tackle corruption and unfairness in this society, as you well know. Minor tinkering with the Courts service etc., just doesn’t cut it.

        1. Tony

          Sorry Sheik, Ill try harder to make REAL change.And for what its worth, Im neither gay nor a banker nor a criminal- so those changes weren’t in my own interest. What would you have me do oh wise one? Whinge on here like yourself? No thanks, that room is full.

      3. Catherine McEntee

        Tony, the Catholic church has been proved to be corrupt on numerous counts with regard to sexual abuse and violence against children, thanks to priests, nuns, Christian Brothers etc, etc.

        The Gardai have also been shown to be deceitful liars and bullies along with being in collusion with TDs in obstructing investigations into peadophile rings and missing children.

        TDs have been claiming exaggerated expenses
        including travel allowances, taking back handers from wind farms – these are just a few examples that we’re aware of – lord knows what’s yet to come to light.

        1. Catherine McEntee

          @ Tony

          Seems to me that your refusal to acknowledge this mass corruption leaves you the idiot.

          1. Tony

            Police church and politicians are corrupt in every country. businessmen, women, unemployed, SJW’s, media people. All have been found to be corrupt.. Its a fact of life. Stop jumping up with joy just cos you found it in ireland too. Get out more.

          2. Catherine McEntee

            Do these other countries cover up their political leaders’ collusion with their police force in the instance of missing/murdered children and peadophile rings?

            Believe me, there’s no joy in relaying disgraceful crimes such as these to an imbecile such as yourself.

          3. Tony

            Yes they do. Don’t be naive. They are human in other countries too, and just as flawed. Read an actual paper maybe?

    1. rotide

      Do you actually believe that Ireland are in the same postcode as Nigeria?

      Do you actually believe that Ireland is more corrupt than any other country other than Nigeria?

      1. Catherine McEntee

        @ Tony

        Congratulations on being awarded Broadsheet’s ‘Nob Of The Week’. The votes they were many and the nominees were plentiful but there only be one winner – please forward your details so we can send out your scrote trophy.

  7. newsjustin

    According to the bbc, when the police came knocking, he slid his Olympic idea out under the door and then fled to an adjoining room where his son had been staying until recently.

    I wonder wax that “that l” son. You know, the lad who used to work for “that” company. But doesn’t now….

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        Come on. It’s not like he tried to jump out the window. If I was in a foreign country and police came to my door in the middle of night, I’m just supposed to sit there? You wouldn’t go wake other people up so theycould be there?

      2. newsjustin

        Maybe the Brazilian police are over egging the pudding here. Or maybe Hickey had a lapse in sanity… where was he going to run to on a Wednesday morning, in Rio, in a bathrobe, with the police after him.

        If he had made it to Shane Ross’ bedroom, he could have jumped on the bed and claimed diplomatic immunity. But Shane would probably have pushed in off.

        1. realPolithicks

          “Maybe the Brazilian police are over egging the pudding here. Or maybe Hickey had a lapse in sanity”

          Or maybe he’s a crook and he’s finally been caught.

  8. postmanpat

    Why didn’t he run yesterday or the day before? was we to busy whoring to check the news? what a dope . he had the longest head start in fugitive history.

  9. J

    There are so many empty arenas at the Olympics. *murmurs to herself* Anyone tell me what they were “touting”?

    1. Nigel

      At a guess they’very created an artificial scarcity to sell fewer tickets at inflated prices rather than more tickets for less or face price.

    2. rotide

      Empty seats at olympics aren’t an unusual thing. There is a HUGE amount of tickets that go to sponsors like Coke, Nike etc. These tickets are used in the usual ways, corporate gifts etc (as well as being touted a-la pro10). The people who are in recept of them, don’t always use them.

  10. Moroccan rug dealer

    Dont worry Pat…..ive you booked in to the Priory or 5b in Limerick depending on flight you take. And senior counsel said due to age, different juristicions , mental state etc you”ll be grand. Scutter pills in post….an post 1st class. Up ya boyo!

  11. Charlie

    When are the FAI going to be arrested for charging exorbitant prices for International soccer matches?

  12. Fionn

    Did anyone else think that Shane Ross has quite a firm grip on Annalise ?
    As if she might realise half-way through photo-call that she may look like endorsing to auld bluffers,
    and might want to run away.

  13. nellyb

    He’s safe, we can extradite and appoint him to something safe and without travel. Gaeltacht affairs may be.

  14. some old queen

    According to IT link below, certain politicians in Brazil already had their sights on Hickey.

    The former Brazilian footballer Romario… in his role as a socialist party member in Brazil’s House of Representatives said “Everyone knows of my concern to ensure that all our citizens can afford tickets for the World Cup and the Olympics. So I am concerned to read reports that Mr Hickey granted Ireland’s allocation of tickets for the Olympic Games in London to a private company that packaged them with hotel rooms and sold them to wealthy clients.”

    Looks like those dammed socialists are at it again so. They’ll be questioning why GAA tickets are nowhere to be seen in certain counties yet readily available in Dublin at a substantial mark up next !.!

    1. Frilly Keane

      It happens t’the best ov’us Sin Gin

      If lads had’a knocked on my door at 7 yesterday morning ……

  15. Jane Aelst

    So far Tricky Hickey is playing a blinder. When the Brazilian plod knock on one’s door at 6am with an arrest warrant, there is only strategy to adopt – the old ‘dicky ticker’ routine. Pure genius. It gives one time to assemble an expensive team of lawyers, to get one’s cover story straight, and to elicit some public sympathy (“Jaysus, sur I’m on my last legs and them foreign peelers drag me naked from me bed in the middle of the night”). Having the cameras there will be a bonus in the long run.

    Lots of questions raised by the whole arrest charade:

    1. Why was Hickey sleeping in a separate room from his wife, although his personal possessions seem to have been in the original room where he was registered with his wife?

    2. We were told that the second room was registered in his son’s name. Where was the son? Who was paying for this room?

    3. If these people have nothing to hide, why does his wife automatically tell the police that her husband has returned to Ireland when they arrive at the hotel room registered in his name in the early hours of the morning?

    4. Who foots the bill for all this largess: first class flights, weeks in one of Rio’s most expensive hotels…?

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      What’s the wife doing in Rio? Isn’t he there in an official capacity? Gets more absurd by the hour.

  16. Frilly Keane

    Can ye stop calling the Sick Note move Genius

    Its the Old Reliable
    And one we’ve all used

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