FIFA World Cup: Reliance orders probe for tickets in black market

Rio de Janeiro: With the World Cup football tickets it had originally bought being caught in the hands of alleged scalpers, Reliance Industries yesterday said it is investigating how the much-coveted and expensive tickets ended up in Brazil's black market.

Match Hospitality AG, a company appointed by World Cup organiser FIFA to sell hospitality packages that include private suites at stadiums and gourmet catering, said 59 tickets bearing RIL's name were found with the scalpers who resell tickets, usually for a hefty profit.

"We at Reliance always comply with all rules and regulations and are unaware of any such incident. We are investigating the same," the company spokesperson said.

RIL said it had bought the tickets through another company.

"Octagon works with FIFA and their sponsors. We have appointed them as our agents to buy some hospitality packages. They have been handling the tickets and the packages," the spokesperson said.

RIL had bought a total of 304 packages for 19 matches worth USD 1.2 million, including access to a private suite for all games in Rio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Match Hospitality said.

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