NEW YORK: The sentencing date for former FIFA vice-president Jeff Webb has been postponed yet again by the Brooklyn court through which the FIFAGate corruption cases are being processed writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Webb was one of the ‘Zurich seven’ detained by Swiss police in May 2015 on the eve of the annual congress of world football federation FIFA. He was held at the request of the United States Justice Department and was subsequently extradited to face charges in the $200m football corruption scandal.
The Cayman Islands banker and former head of its football association had been due for sentencing later this month but the date has now been set back until September 7 at the request of his own lawyers.
Federal prosecutors raised no objection, suggesting that Webb may yet have more information to barter against his eventual sentence on seven counts to which he has pleaded guilty.
Many of the 40-plus defendants in the FIFAGate case have had their sentencing dates postoned continually. Last week Alfredo Hawit, Webb’s successor as president of the central and north American confederation CONCACAF, also had his sentencing put back to September.
Webb, currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, is also wanted in the Cayman Islands on charges of conspiracy to defraud the local government in connection with a public hospital swipe-card scandal.
Local media reported that police are investigating other matters concerning Webb’s 20-year control of the Cayman Islands Football Association.