FIFA prosecutors want life ban for Webb
04 May 2016, 16:54
Zurich - FIFA's ethics investigators said on Tuesday they were seeking a lifetime
ban from football against the body's former vice president Jeffrey
Webb, who has already pleaded guilty to a raft of corruption-related
offences in US court.
Investigators at world football's governing
body completed a probe into Webb's alleged offences last month and have
submitted their findings to judges at the ethics committee's
adjudicatory chamber, a FIFA statement said.
The committee recommended Webb be sanctioned with "a lifelong ban from all football-related activities," the statement added.
rose to become president of the football confederation of North and
Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and was close to FIFA's
disgraced ex-boss Sepp Blatter.
The 51-year-old Cayman
Islands-British citizen was among those arrested in a dawn raid at a
Zurich luxury hotel in May last year by Swiss police acting on a US
In November, he pleaded guilty in a New York court to
racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He promised
to forfeit more than $6.7 million in assets and is to be formally
sentenced next month.
Webb has been confined to house arrest in
the US since July. FIFA lawyers have complained that he has continued to
live a lavish lifestyle, funded in part by the bribes and kickbacks he
got through his role at FIFA.
FIFA's US lawyers have sought a
court order to demand his accounts be audited, with funds possibly
frozen and returned to his victims.
During a year of
unprecedented scandal at FIFA, the ethics committee has pursued multiple
former high-ranking officials, notably Blatter and his one-time heir
apparent Michel Platini, who have both been suspended for six years over
Blatter was replaced as FIFA president in
February by ex-UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino, who has vowed to