Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 8th 2014 Contents A58
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 8, 2014
THE PARTNERS AND STAFF OF FITZWILLIAM, STONE,
FURNESS-SMITH & MORGAN REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THE
DEATH OF THEIR FORMER SENIOR PARTNER AND
MANAGING PARTNER ON FRIDAY, 4TH JULY, 2014.
Gerald Furness-Smith had been in the practice of law for over sixty years,
first as a Barrister and then as a Solicitor in Trinidad and Tobago. Born in
England in 1923, he was educated at Oxford University. He served in the
British Army for three years in England, then East Africa and India and on his
return he was admitted as a Barrister by the Inner Temple, London, in 1949
and to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1950. In 1956 he ceased to be a
Barrister at his own request in order to be admitted as a Solicitor of the High
Court in England that same year and in 1957 in Trinidad and Tobago.
On his admission as a Solicitor, Mr. Furness-Smith became a Partner of
Fitzwilliam, Stone & Alcazar later to become Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-
Smith and Morgan. He served as Managing Partner for 19 years from 1982.
He was appointed Senior Counsel in Trinidad and Tobago in 1990. He retired
as a Partner at the end of 2000 but continued to work with the firm as a
Consultant until 2013. During his career, he was joint editor of the Trinidad
and Tobago Law Reports and he also served on the Council of the Law
Society, several Boards and Committees and most notably as an
Independent Senator of Trinidad and Tobago from 1981 to 1991.
In 1995 he was rewarded for his efforts with one of the country's highest hon-
ours, the Chaconia Medal (Gold) of the Order of the Trinity.
His legal career over so many years gave him unequalled experience in
almost all fields of law and particularly corporate, constitutional and tax.
Mr. Furness-Smith leaves behind Joan Furness-Smith (nee Rapsey), two
sons and he was the grandfather of five.
RIO DE JANEIRO---A senior executive
with the official World Cup corporate
hospitality provider was arrested Mon-
day in the plush beachside hotel where
Fifa President Sepp Blatter is staying,
as part of a Brazilian police investi-
gation into illegal ticket sales.
Ray Whelan, a director of MATCH
Services, was arrested at the Copacabana
Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the hotel used
by senior Fifa officials during the World
Whelan was detained as part of a
larger police investigation dubbed
"Operation Jules Rimet." He was char-
acterised by police investigator Fabio
Barucke as being the "facilitator" who
allowed a large ring of scalpers to have
access to tickets.
In an emailed statement, police said
Whelan was heard on wiretapped phone
calls negotiating ticket prices with Alger-
ian national Mohamadou Lamine
Fofana, who they accuse of being the
ringleader of the scalpers.
Whelan was arrested inside his luxury
suite Monday afternoon, where police
said they confiscated 82 tickets for
upcoming matches, along with Whelan s
computer, cellphone and other unspec-
Under Brazilian law, the 64-year-old
Whelan may only be charged by pros-
ecutors after they receive the complete
police investigation, which officers have
30 days to complete.
Investigators said Whelan was still
being questioned inside a precinct Mon-
day evening---and that he would spend
the night in jail.
A spokesman for MATCH Hospitality,
the subsidiary in the MATCH group of
companies implicated in the investiga-
tion, didn t immediately reply to requests
Reselling World Cup tickets for profit
is illegal in Brazil and against Fifa rules.
Police arrested 11 people, including
Fofana, and seized 131 game tickets last
week---at least 70 of them for corporate
Police said then that Fofana had con-
nections to Fifa or MATCH, and the
original source of the tickets to be sold
at hugely inflated prices was "someone
higher up." Police said they had infor-
mation from 50,000 phone calls they
tapped during their scalping investiga-
tion and Fofana had access to restricted
areas at the Copacabana Palace.
MATCH Hospitality is the main
provider of hospitality packages for the
World Cup and paid $240 million for
the exclusive rights to sell corporate
hospitality at the 2010 and 2014 World
Cups. Blatter s nephew, Philippe Blatter,
is the president of a company which is
a shareholder in MATCH Hospitality.
Fifa said earlier Monday that it had
provided police with lists of telephone
numbers for its staff and that of its
service providers, which included
MATCH, the group which runs ticket-
ing, travel, accommodation and tech-
nology services at the World Cup.
MATCH Hospitality had earlier dis-
tanced itself from the ticket scalping
scandal in a statement.
"MATCH Hospitality will be fully
assisting the police in investigating the
matter," it said.
Of the more than 3 million pur-
chaseable tickets for the tournament,
445,500 were allocated to MATCH Hos-
pitality, according to Fifa. Any unsold
or unused corporate hospitality tickets
should be returned to Fifa to be made
available to the public.
Police estimated last week that the
scalping ring was making 1 million
Brazilian reals ($455,000) per game by
reselling tickets on the black market.
They were hoping to get $16,000 per
ticket for the July 13 World Cup final
in Rio, they said.
Fofana runs a company that is one
of MATCH Hospitality s customers.
World Cup hospitality exec
arrested in ticket probe
BELO HORIZONTE---Neymar helped
Brazil get this far at the World Cup.
Now it s up to the rest of the team to
win for its injured star, coach Luiz
Felipe Scolari said Monday.
Neymar will miss Tuesday s semi-
final against Germany because of a
fractured bone in his back, an injury
that ruled him out of the World Cup
and dealt a huge blow to the nation s
hopes for a title at home.
"Now we have to do our part," Sco-
lari said Monday. "We will be playing
not only for ourselves, for our country,
for our dreams, but each one of us
will be playing a little for Neymar
because of everything that he has done
"When Neymar had to go, he left
of us with him," Scolari said. "We are
already done with this process of being
sad. When Neymar himself began talk-
ing to the other players after what
happened, they understood that he
has done his part already."
Germany coach Joachim Loew said
he expects Brazil to be extra motivated
because of Neymar s absence.
"I m certain all the other players
will be fighting for him, fighting for
their nation," Loew said.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva, who is
suspended for the game, said the group
will be playing with Neymar on their
Silva said the foul that took Neymar
out of the World Cup, a knee in the
back by Colombia s Juan Camilo Zuni-
ga late in the quarterfinal match against
Colombia, was "not a normal move."
"Being a defender I know how to
defend and that type of defending
doesn t exist. It s impossible to get
your knee through someone to get to
the ball on the other side. Unless you
want to hit the other player. That s
not a normal match situation."
Fifa earlier Tuesday said it will not
take action against Zuniga. (AP)
Scolari: Brazil to play
for nation, Neymar
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saves the ball during a training session one day ahead of the World
Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte,
Brazil, Monday. AP PHOTO
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