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Thierry Weil said nobody from FIFA had been approached by police over ticket touting.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A total of 131 World Cup tickets, including 70 for corporate hospitality packages, were seized by Rio de Janeiro police in an investigation into ticket touting.

On Saturday, FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil disclosed details of the investigation, in which 11 people have been arrested, saying 60 tickets were originally issued direct to the public. One came from the Brazilian football federation.

All but two tickets were for previous matches, which the touting ring apparently had been unable to sell, Weil said. It is unclear how many tickets the touters had already sold illegally.

Rio police suspect that a person with influence at FIFA has been the main source of the tickets, but Weil said: "There is nobody from FIFA who has been approached by any of the police."

It is illegal in Brazil to re-sell World Cup tickets for a profit.

Police have focused their investigation on the Copacabana Palace Hotel, where senior football officials are staying during the tournament.

The 11 people arrested this week included Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, an Algerian national. Ten of the corporate tickets shown to FIFA by police were issued to Fofana's Dubai-based company Atlanta Sportif, Weil said at a briefing.

In a separate case, Weil said FIFA spoke with Humberto Grondona, a son of senior vice president Julio Grondona, about media claims that he sold some tickets for profit.

"We have spoken to him and we have asked what happened," Weil said, adding that Humberto Grondona "most probably" gave tickets to a friend and did not sell them.

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