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FIFA Partner Faces Brazil World Cup Antitrust Complaint

Brazil’s public prosecutor filed a complaint with the country’s antitrust regulator against soccer governing body FIFA’s ticketing and accommodations partner for the 2014 World Cup.

The complaint against MATCH Services AG, based in FIFA’s hometown of Zurich, says the company’s exclusive rights to sell services within Brazil and externally is a “monopoly for the 2014 World Cup’s tickets market,” according to a statement e-mailed yesterday from the public prosecutor’s office. “This is something to be concerned about in terms of competition issues.”