Suspended FIFA official Webb was director of Warner's company

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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Suspended CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was a director 10 years ago of a Cayman Islands company controlled by Jack Warner, the former head of the Americas regional soccer body who is facing U.S. corruption charges, a court document shows.

The document links Webb, who is also facing U.S. charges and who pledged to fight corruption when he took over CONCACAF in 2012, to controversial television rights deals that were struck in the region during Warner's 21 years at the helm of CONCACAF.

Webb had vowed to reform the confederation which governs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean following a "cash for votes" scandal involving Warner and Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam, then president of the Asian Football Confederation

A lawyer for Warner declined to comment on the document. Webb's lawyer was not immediately reachable.

Webb, who has also been suspended as a vice president of world soccer governing body FIFA, is currently being detained in Switzerland after he was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of its probe into soccer-related corruption. It is unclear whether he plans to challenge a request from U.S. authorities that he be extradited to New York to face trial.

The DOJ has accused Webb of receiving kickbacks from deals with sports marketing company Traffic Sports, after taking over as CONCACAF president. On Tuesday, CONCACAF and Traffic ended their corporate relationships.

Trinidad and Tobago-based Warner has also been indicted in the DOJ investigation on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy, including taking $10 million to influence voting on South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

Warner remains in Trinidad but U.S authorities disclosed that his sons Daryan and Darrll reached plea agreements with U.S. authorities.   Continued...

FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter (R) gestures next to CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb during a news conference at the CONCACAF congress in Panama City in this file April 19, 2013 photo. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso