Football: Arrests in ticket probe

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The Independent Online
THE MANAGING director of the French affiliate of Fifa's official marketing partner faces legal investigation for his possible involvement in a World Cup ticket fraud, judicial sources said yesterday.

Marc Loison of ISL France and a consultant working for his company, Gilles Favard, were remanded in custody to appear soon before a Paris judge who could decide to charge them, the sources added.

The Swiss-based ISL Worldwide, which markets all Fifa events including the World Cup, denied any wrongdoing, saying ISL France was an independent company in which it only had a minority, non-executive, shareholding.

Favard was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Rueil-Malmaison, just outside Paris, where officers found a large sum of money and 100 World Cup tickets. ISL Worldwide said it was considering legal action against its French affiliate.