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Olympic Council of IrelandOfficials from the Irish embassy in Brazil are due to meet with OCI President Pat Hickey today.

The 71-year-old has been in a prison in Rio since his arrest as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting at the Olympic Games.

It’s been three weeks since Kevin Mallon, an executive at the OCI’s official ticket reseller THG Sports, was arrested for allegedly selling tickets earmarked for the council above face value – a criminal offence in Brazil.

Investigating officers arrested Pat Hickey, President of the OCI, five days ago and the passports of three other officials were seized yesterday with warrants also issued for three others, including FAI CEO John Delaney.

According to sports law expert Professor Jack Anderson, those orders are now moot because of the OCI’s decision to hire a Brazilian lawyer.

In the early hours of this morning, the OCI set up a crisis management sub-committee to handle its internal review – the results of which will be passed on to a separate non-statutory inquiry.

Meanwhile, Irish consulate officials are today due to visit Mr. Hickey in prison ahead of his first court appearance in Rio tomorrow.