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Ticket probe Briton released

The British man at the centre of a World Cup ticketing investigation has been released from detention in Brazil.

Ray Whelan, chief executive of FIFA ticketing partner MATCH Services, was branded a fugitive last month after he left his hotel in Rio de Janeiro shortly before police arrived to arrest him as part of a probe into alleged ticket touting.

Whelan denied fleeing arrest and later presented himself to the authorities, but a judge ordered his detention on the grounds he might leave the country.

That ruling has now been overturned by Brazil's Supreme Court and Whelan, according to his lawyer, will now work on his defence.

Both Whelan and MATCH deny any wrongdoing, and a statement from MATCH last month said the company "remains absolutely confident that any charges raised against Ray will be rebutted."