Ex-FIFA vice president Webb appears in New York federal court

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New York, Aug 15 (IANS) Former president of North, Central American and Caribbean football federation CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb has appeared in a New York federal court in connection with the FIFA bribery scandal that has sent shockwaves through the football world.

Webb, who is from the Cayman Islands, is one of seven FIFA officials who were detained in Switzerland last spring when the scandal erupted, reports CMC.

The former FIFA vice president and his attorney left court on Friday without speaking to reporters.

Webb, 50, has been accused of soliciting a $2 million bribe in exchange for marketing rights for the 2013 Gold Cup tournament.

Webb, a former FIFA vice president, is the only official to agree to come to the United States, where he pleaded not guilty last month and was released on $10 million bond.

14 men – nine football officials and five marketing executives – were named in the United States indictment, including former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who is fighting his extradition from Trinidad and Tobago.

Webb has been ordered to return to the federal court in Brooklyn on October 9.

Meantime it emerged on Friday that a US prosecutor is in extradition negotiations with lawyers of defendants in the FIFA bribery probe.

Assistant US Attorney Evan Norris told a judge that he’s hopeful the talks will result in more defendants appearing in court to face racketeering and other charges.

Prosecutors say the defendants plotted to arrange bribes of more than $150 million – tied to the awarding of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments.

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