Ray Whelan 'hands himself in to Rio court after going on the run'

A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Chief executive of Match Services Ray Whelan reportedly hands himself into a Rio court after appearing to go on the run.

Chief executive of Match Services Ray Whelan has reportedly turned himself in to a Rio de Janeiro court amid allegations of the illegal resale of World Cup tickets.

The Brit was deemed a fugitive by Brazilian police after he absconded from the Copacabana Palace hotel when the authorities attempted to re-arrest the businessman last week.

Whelan was initially taken into custody regarding allegations of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion in relation to a World Cup ticket scam.

According to The Guardian, a court spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that Whelan has now handed himself in to the Rio de Janeiro state Justice Tribunal and will be picked up by police.

Before Whelan's arrest, 11 other people were taken in by the authorities in connection with the alleged scam.

Whelan's company was a FIFA partner for the tournament.

A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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