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2 ticket touts arrested at FIFA hotel in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two people have been arrested selling World Cup tickets in a hotel used by FIFA staff in Rio de Janeiro.

One of the ticket touts appeared to be French, FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil told a news briefing Thursday.

FIFA called police to the Sofitel hotel near Copacabana beach and “the reaction was immediate,” Weil said

The people arrested had 10 tickets in their possession supplied by “many different sources” including football federations and FIFA sponsors, Weil says.

Weil declined to identify the original providers, which are named on each World Cup ticket.

“I think it would be wrong to do a finger pointing in the press,” he said, adding that FIFA’s commercial affiliates received more than 200,000 match tickets for the 64-match tournament.

Weil said tickets with names could have been legitimately sold on to fans by FIFA member federations or distributed by sponsors to competition winners.

The match tickets seized were cancelled.