FIFA : Jeffrey Webb banned for life for taking bribes

FIFA : Jeffrey Webb banned for life for taking bribes

FIFA bans ex-CONCACAF chief Jeffrey Webb for life for taking bribes


The FIFA ethics committee has banned former vice president Jeffrey Webb for life and fined him $1 million for taking bribes.

The former CONCACAF president pleaded guilty in 2015 in New York federal court to racketeering, wire-fraud and money-laundering charges.

The 50-year-old Cayman Islands native agreed to forfeit more than $6.7m as part of his plea deal.

Formal adjudicatory proceedings were opened in May of 2016 against Webb.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Jeffrey Webb, former president of CONCACAF, vice president of FIFA and president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, for life from all football-related activities on a national and international level,” FIFA said in a statement. “The ban comes into force immediately.

“Mr Webb has been banned for life from all football related activities [administrative, sports or any other] on a national and international level and fined CHF 1,000,000.”

Webb was arrested in Switzerland last May and extradited to the United States. He was part of an indictment of nine football officials and five marketing executives alleging a $150m bribery and kickback scheme.

He was accused of soliciting and accepting millions of dollars in bribes from marketing firms and executives in exchange for sponsorship and media rights for regional tournaments.

Also on Friday, the FIFA ethics committee opened a formal bribery case against former president Sepp Blatter.