Irish Olympic chief arrested in Brazil over alleged ticket touting


The head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), Patrick Hickey, has been arrested in Brazil as part of an investigation into the alleged illegal sale of tickets for the Rio games.

The city's Civil Police confirmed officers had detained the sports chief more than a week on from the arrest of another Irish man in connection with the same inquiry.

It is understood Mr Hickey was arrested in a hotel in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood and there were unconfirmed reports that he was taken to hospital after complaining of feeling unwell.

Irish man Kevin Mallon, a director of THG Sports, which specialises in corporate and sports hospitality, has been in custody in Brazil since August 5 over the affair.

Patrick Hickey is the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland