Banned FIFA official to appear in court in US

Jul 18, 2015 3:26 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - A top former FIFA official is due in court in the U.S. to face racketeering and bribery charges in a corruption case that has sent shock waves through the soccer world.

Prosecutors say Jeffrey Webb will be arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The 50-year-old Webb was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland. The rest are fighting extradition.

Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to pay bribes of more than $150 million over a 24-year period. The payments were tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments.

Since the indictment, Webb was banned provisionally and replaced as the FIFA vice president from the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Webb also was president of the regional governing body CONCACAF.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular