- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian authorities say they have arrested two Australians and two Dutchmen for allegedly scalping tickets to the Australia-Netherlands World Cup match in the city of Porto Alegre.

Alan Cardoso is a spokesman for the public security department in Rio Grande do Sul state. He says the four men were nabbed hours before Wednesday’s game trying to sell 43 tickets for up to $3,000 each. The highest FIFA-set price for the match was $175.

The four have denied they were scalping tickets, saying they were going to deliver the tickets to friends.

Selling tickets to sporting events for prices higher than face value is a crime in Brazil punishable by up to two years in prison.

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