Ronaldinho’s brother to be questioned in World Cup illegal ticket sales probe
As France and Germany prepare to serve up the first dish of a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final menu, a ticket tout inquiry continues on Thursday.
Brazil’s 2002 title winner Ronaldinho’s brother is one of those wanted for questioning.
Brazilian authorities are investigating whether members of the Brazilian, Argentine and Spanish football federations were involved in the illegal sale of World Cup tickets after police dismantled a scalping gang.
The brother and agent of Ronaldinho, Roberto de Assis Moreira, will be questioned in the case, though he is not under investigation, said Mr Marcos Kac, the Rio de Janeiro prosecutor.
The probe comes as the 2014 World Cup prepares to enter its gripping concluding stage, AFP reported.
Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium is the fitting backdrop for Friday’s meeting of the two European powerhouses, with France falling to Germany in the semi-finals at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
The victor will face either hosts Brazil, or one of the sensations of the tournament Colombia, who clash in Friday’s second quarter-final in Fortaleza.
The last eight drama continues on Saturday with Argentina facing Belgium and the Netherlands up against minnows Costa Rica.