Ex-FIFA official Webb agrees to extradition on U.S. charges: source

Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:56pm EDT
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By Nate Raymond and Michael Shields

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - Jeffrey Webb, one of seven current and former officials of soccer's world governing body FIFA arrested in Switzerland in May, has agreed to be extradited to the United States to face corruption charges, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) had said earlier on Friday that one of those detained had agreed not to fight extradition but it did not identify the official.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Reuters that Webb, a former FIFA vice president and president of the CONCACAF regional soccer federation, was the official concerned. Bloomberg News first reported that Webb, a citizen of the Cayman Islands, was the person.

A U.S. lawyer for Webb declined to comment.

Without identifying Webb, the Swiss FOJ said that a transfer of the person would take place within 10 days. A spokeswoman for U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, declined to comment.

Webb was one of the powerful figures arrested in Zurich on May 27 two days before FIFA's annual congress, stunning world soccer.

An indictment unsealed by U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn charged soccer officials and marketing executives with exploiting the sport for their own gain through bribes of $150 million over 24 years.

The scandal put pressure on FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said on June 2 he planned to resign.   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