Former Cayman Islands football boss extradited to US

The Swiss authorities have confirmed that one of the seven officials arrested in Switzerland on behalf of US authorities in relation to a $150 million, 24 year-long alleged bribery and corruption scandal who agreed to extradition has left that country.

According to international reports, the unnamed official, who is understood to be Webb, flew to the US accompanied by three US law enforcement officers and is now in custody in New York, where he is expected to appear in court shortly.

Webb’s FIFA colleagues arrested alongside him in Zürich in May remain in Switzerland.

Nine football officials and five marketing executives were indicted by the US Department of Justice around the same time in May, and transcripts were unsealed in connection with another four people who had already been convicted in connection with the ongoing investigation, including Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA Executive Committee member and CONCACAF general secretary.

Following a massive ongoing investigation, the FBI has alleged “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption in the football governing body and still has its sights set on FIFA president Sepp Blatter who so far has not been accused of any crimes.

There is no indication yet of when Webb will appear in court in Brooklyn, where the charges were filed, but he is facing a list of serious offences from wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering to accepting millions in bribes.

Webb is now also wanted by the Cayman Islands authorities after he was charged in a local corruption scandal relating to a hospital contract for a payment system.

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