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Brazilian judge issues warrant for John Delaney's passport

John Delaney could have his passport seized by Brazilian police
John Delaney could have his passport seized by Brazilian police

Just a few hours before the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics, a fresh scandal has developed in relation to the OCI tickets controversy.

It has emerged that FAI chief executive and Olympic Council of Ireland vice-president John Delaney could have his passport seized by Brazilian police after a judge issued a warrant authorising the country’s police to seize the passport of six OCI members after conducting interviews with Pat Hickey.

Delaney was one of six people named on the warrant issued by the same Rio court that authorised the arrest of OCI chief Pat Hickey last week.

The news will come as a major embarrassment to the FAI and, in particular, Delaney, who had Hickey had earmarked as a potential successor to him in the future.

Acting OCI president William O’Brien and OCI officials Kevin Kilty, Linda O’Reilly, Stephen Martin and Dermot Henihan were also named on the warrant.

Three of the officials have had their passports and phones seized already by the fast-moving Brazilian police.