FIFA scandal: Jeffrey Webb pleads not guilty in New York

Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA  vice president and onetime head of CONCACAF.

Story highlights

  • Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges
  • He is one of seven high-ranking soccer officials arrested in May in Switzerland

New York (CNN)Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty Saturday to federal racketeering and bribery charges in connection with a massive corruption scandal.

Webb, onetime head of CONCACAF, the soccer governing body for North America and the Caribbean, surrendered his passports and was released on $10 million bond. He will be confined to a home in New York and subject to electronic monitoring.
Edward O'Callaghan, his attorney, did not comment.
Webb -- one of seven ranking soccer officials arrested in a dawn raid in Switzerland in May -- agreed to be extradited and arrived in New York on Wednesday, accompanied by FBI agents. The other officials are fighting extradition.
U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN the former Cayman Islands banker immediately began telling authorities what he knows about a 24-year scheme in which FIFA officials allegedly enriched themselves by rigging organization elections and selling marketing and hosting rights to soccer tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches.
His cooperation could set the stage for a scrum among high-ranking soccer officials and others willing to offer information in exchange for leniency, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.
In all, 14 people were indicted in the scheme, which the U.S. Justice Department says involved $150 million in kickbacks. Four have already pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced.
After days of FBI interviews, Webb, 50, appeared in Brooklyn federal court Saturday wearing a dark suit and blue tie. Relatives sat in the front row.