Webb appeal against US$1m fine rejected by FIFA

By March 13, 2018
Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb. Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb.

 Embattled former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has had an appeal launched against the imposition of a fine in excess of US$1 million rejected by FIFA.

A little over two years ago world football’s governing body FIFA banned Webb for life from all football related activities and implemented the steep fine as part of sanctions for his role in the bribery scandal that rocked the organization.

Webb, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of corruption in a US federal court and is awaiting sentencing in the United States, did not appeal the lifetime ban but sought to have the fine dismissed.

A release from FIFA, however, said an appeals committee determined that the fine imposed was “adequate” and that “consequently, Mr Webb’s fine and lifelong ban are maintained.”  As a part of the plea deal Webb agreed to forfeit US$6.7 million to the United States federal authorities. FIFA has also claimed some US$2 million from the US authorities in restitution for Webb’s part in the corruption.

Webb, who has had his sentencing delayed on seven occasions after subsequent appeals by his lawyers, has been given a September date at a Brooklyn court.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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