World Cup: Illegal ticket ring exposed

Police made 11 arrests and are still investigating a ring of illegal World Cup ticket sellers.

FILE: Brazilian police in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 23 June 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

RIO de JANEIRO - Police in Brazil have arrested 11 people linked to a ring selling illegal World Cup tickets.

Members have been apprehended in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but only after making millions of rands per match on unsuspecting customers.

Standing outside a game, one is guaranteed to see at least one person holding a sign to buy tickets.

It's alleged that this is code for a person looking to sell them.

Following the arrests, police are investigating whether the ring have links to Fifa or even the Brazilian Football Federation.

Officials believe the ring are generating a profit of close to R5 million from each game.

Fifa's governing body has welcomed the investigation.

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