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Making headlines: How the world reacted to the arrest of Ireland's Pat Hickey

The country’s top Olympic official has been making worldwide news.

Items displayed on the desk where police held a press conference today International media examines Pat Hickey's documents at yesterday's press conference. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

WE’RE NOW ON day 13 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and Ireland is again making world headlines for the wrong reasons.

Almost two weeks since Irish boxer Michael O’Reilly’s failed doping test was revealed, the country’s top Olympic official has been arrested by fraud police for separate reasons.

This time, it’s because of an alleged ticketing scandal. The arrest sees Pat Hickey facing charges of facilitating ticket touting, forming a cartel and illicit marketing.

As well as being president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Hickey is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and head of European Olympic Committees.

Yesterday evening, he stepped aside temporarily from all of the above positions.

Hickey’s international profile meant his arrest made headlines far beyond Ireland, with his name also trending worldwide on Twitter.

Here’s a taster of what the world has been saying about his arrest.

BBC News

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Zeit Online (Germany) (New Zealand)

The New York Times

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7 News (Australia)

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Sky News

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ESPN Brasil

CBC News (Canada)

France 24

The Associated Press (United States)

Read: 5 things to know about Irish Olympic tickets controversy >

Read: Irish Olympics boss Pat Hickey facing up to 7 years in jail after Rio arrest >

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Rónán Duffy

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