Dad loses £2000 in World Cup ticket scandal

Iain Meiklejohn had hoped to attend last nhight's final. Picture: Getty
Iain Meiklejohn had hoped to attend last nhight's final. Picture: Getty
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A FATHER and his two-year-old son had their World Cup drams shattered by a ticket tout scandal.

Iain Meiklejohn, 38, from Corstorphine, paid £2000 to an agency for seats for himself and Aleks at the final in Rio.

But the day before they were due to fly to Brazil, they were told the agency had no tickets for them.

Mr Meiklejohn said: “I was devastated.”

He said, unbeknown to him, the agency he used had gone through Ray Whelan, a director of the firm hired by Fifa to provide hospitality packages, who is being hunted by Brazilian police over claims he illegally sold tickets to touts in a scam worth up to £200 million.

The 64-year-old Briton is said to have left his Rio hotel by a back door shortly before officers arrived to arrest him and has not been seen since.

His company, Match Services, deny he is a fugitive and say the claims against him are unfounded.

Mr Meiklejohn said: “It was a dream to bring Aleks here. I thought it would be great for him to say his first football experience was the World Cup.”