Football: English executive exonerated in World Cup scalping case

SAO PAULO (REUTERS) - A Rio de Janeiro court has shelved charges against Raymond Whelan, the English executive who was accused of involvement with a scalping network at last year's World Cup in Brazil.

The court cited the "ineptitude" of the case but the brief statement gave no other details except to say the cases against an undisclosed number of other defendants would continue.

Whelan worked for Match, a company licensed by Fifa to sell tickets to games as part of hospitality deals.

Football's world governing body repeatedly said Whelan did not break any laws.