Ex-FIFA executive Webb agrees to US extradition

Former senior Federation Internationale de Football Association official Jeffrey Webb has agreed to be extradited to the United States, a source has told Reuters.


The individual, who had initially contested the extradition, has been accused of accepting bribes related to the sale of broadcast rights for World Cup qualifiers, regional tournaments and continental championships in the Americas, according to Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice.

Based on reports, Mr. Webb, 50, is expected in federal court in New York in a matter of days.

Webb was one of the powerful figures arrested in Zurich on May 27 two days before FIFA’s annual congress, stunning world soccer. Bloomberg News first reported that Webb, a citizen of the Cayman Islands, was the person.

The suspect’s agreeing not to legally challenge his extradition means that he can be extradited as soon as USA police officers arrive in Switzerland to escort him on a flight to the United States.

FIFA have banned former FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer from football for the rest of his life.

One $500,000 bribe payment from a sports marketing firm called Traffic went to build a swimming pool at Webb’s house in Loganville, Georgia, the indictment charged.

The former president of CONCACAF is also facing fraud charges in the Cayman Islands over a healthcare scandal. Swiss officials said they would not give details of when he would be handed over.

The other six were Eugenio Figueredo, Eduardo Li, Jose Maria Marin, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas and Rafael Esquivel.


The United States government filed a formal request for extradition last week, with a 14-day period for those arrested to respond to that request.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb