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European Olympic Committee (EOC) President Patrick Hickey (L) and International Olympic Committee President (IOC) Thomas Bach (C) arrive for a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files
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Emails (above) from Pat Hickey (top left), who has stepped aside of his role as president of Olympic Council of Ireland, to president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (above right)

Brazil’s Globo News has obtained a copy of an email in which Hickey gives Thomas Bach a comparison of the ticket allocations received by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. Hickey states that the OCI received 84 tickets for the opening ceremony in London but only 38 for Rio.

He also delivers a “wishlist” to Bach demanding 980 extra tickets, including a further 150 for the opening ceremony, an extra 200 tickets for the men’s 100m final and 500 more tickets for the men’s football final.

“We found enough evidence linking Hickey to this plot to sell tickets by a company that was not authorised,” prosecutor Marcos Kac told the Associated Press. “These are tickets that were sold for up to $8,000 [about £6,000].”

…Police have said that he plotted with businessmen to transfer tickets illegally from Pro 10, a sports company, to hospitality provider THG Sports, which was a non-authorised vendor and allegedly sold them for high fees. Police investigators said that the scheme was planned to bring in $3 million.

IOC chief absent after link to ticket scam (The Times)

Further to this, Mr Ziegler tweetz:

Re: Hickey’s ticket request to Bach, why would Olympic Council of Ireland want 500 tickets to the football final (Ireland not in tourament)?

Images: Globo News

4 thoughts on “Bach Door Man

  1. 15 cent

    that’s a nice bit of evidence. hopefully it’ll help convict him. he deserves it not just for selling tickets that couldve gone to athletes families etc., but for how he’s behaved over the course of his 20 year or so tenure.

    so much juicy news at the mo, hickey stuff and apple stuff, and the water charges stuff will be back up n runnin soon too, lots of juice there.

    remember all the scandals and stuff that came out about FG in their campaign run? i cant remember hardly any of them because they have been almost weekly since then. FG the blundering capatilist right wing party.

    1. Andy

      What evidence is presented here?

      Hickey asked for more tickets? How is that evidence of anything, other than asking for more tickets? Sure the FAI ask for more tickets to all the Euro games. Tipp GAA asked for more tickets for Croker. I ask for more mayo on my sandwich.

      We’re awaiting evidence that he conspired with Pro Tem to sell tickets on the black market. Anything else is just fluff.

      You’d be expecting something a bit more concrete at this stage although it’s worth noting that this is just stuff from a Brazilian media organization so the cops probably have the juicey stuff.

      1. cluster

        Even him being found innocent is not enough.

        He should be unimpeachably clean & there should be absolutely no doubt about it. At the very least, he is guilty of being shady & incompetent.

  2. veritas

    when the awkward people in rio refused to allow thg to deal in olympic tickets the job was moved to a new start-up called pro ten ,surely a play on pro tem (just for the moment).was this sticking it to rio saying we will be back to normal business soon in spite of you lot?.

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