Webb pleads not guilty to corruption charges in FIFA scandal
July 23, 2015 Still on the ongoing corruption and prosecution crisis rocking FIFA, Jeffrey Webb, one of the seven high-ranking officials of the association who got arrested in Switzerland, has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in a U.S. federal court on Saturday July 18.
The former FIFA vice president and president of the CONCACAF regional soccer federation appeared at a hearing in Brooklyn, New York where he faced U.S. charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He was released on a $10 million bond co-signed by family members and secured by properties, vehicles, personal possessions and financial assets.
A U.S. lawyer for him declined to comment and no trial date has been set.
The 50-year-old from Cayman Islands is among nine soccer officials and five marketing executives charged by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly exploiting the sport for their own gain through bribes of more than $150 million over 24 years. He has been banned from his posts at FIFA and CONCACAF.