Brazil’s football federation has stripped Meu Bilhete of the rights to sell tickets for its forthcoming game against Qatar over a fraud investigation relating to a linked company.

The CBF has paused ticket sales for the match, which is scheduled to take place at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on June 5 in the build-up to this summer’s Copa America. The federation will resume sales on June 28 with a different vendor, Fanpass.com.br.

Police announced earlier this week that they are investigating “between 15 and 20 games” organised by a company named Roni7 over the last four years. Roni7 executives Ronieliton Pereira Santos and Leandro Brito, who are both linked to Meu Bilhete, were arrested over allegations of tax evasion and other crimes.

The CBF said in a statement: “This is a preventive measure to protect the entity and the supporter, in the face of investigations opened by the authorities about the involvement of another company – within the same economic group – in alleged irregularities in the sale of tickets for other football matches held in the same stadium.”

All fans that have already bought tickets must contact the new provider for replacement passes.

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