The 2014 World Cup has seen some serious action on the field, but it appears there is some action off the field too. Ray Whelan, an alleged FIFA ticker scalper, is on the run and the police are looking for him. According to Fox Sports on Thursday the British man arrested by Brazilian police as part of an investigation into allegations of high priced ticket sales at the World Cup, but then released as they investigated further. The man returned his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, used a service door to exit the hotel without being seen and has gone on the run.
The situation has some people wondering how far he might get as his passport was confiscated as he was being investigated. Ray Whelan was originally detained at the Copacabana Palace by police who were investigating illegal pricing for World Cup matches. Since the situation was ongoing, he was released early on Tuesday. The authorities realized he was missing when they came back to his hotel to re-arrest him to find that he wasn't back at the room.
While Ray Whelan hasn't been located, he has maintained his innocence in the situation and offered to cooperate with the authorities. This is what has people wondering if the man is really on the run or if there was foul play. The police believe he took off.
Allegedly Ray Whelan is being labeled as the main source of questionable World Cup tickets. The tickets were sold to an Algerian national who in turn allegedly was scalping the tickets to individuals who wanted to see the World Cup games. Asking for hundreds of dollars above asking price, the fans who were interested in the sport paid big bucks to see the action on the field and the police say this was an illegal scheme.
The opportunity to stop ticket scalpers comes a little too late for the fans who paid way too much for chance to see some of the best players in the world. While Ray Whelan is expected to be located at some point, there is no suggestion that restitution will be made to the victims of the scalpers.