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Webb loses appeal against $1m FIFA fine

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March 13 – Former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has lost an appeal against a CHF1 million ($1.05 million) fine imposed on him by FIFA for his part in the corruption scandal that left the governing body of the game in tatters.

Webb, who has had his sentencing in the civil case against him in the US put back until September 7 (a seventh postponement), did not appeal the life ban FIFA had given him from the game.

FIFA’s appeals committee ruled that the fine was “adequate”.

Webb pleaded guilty in 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies and has already forfeited $6.7 million. He was arrested at a Zurich hotel before being extradited to the US to face charges.

FIFA has claimed $2 million from US authorities in restitution for Webb’s corruption, though in reality FIFA is not likely to see much of this claim and is likely more concerned about solidifying its victim status rather than crossing what looks like a very thin dividing line and becoming one of the accused parties.

Webb is likely to face further financial restitution awards against himself once he is finally sentenced.  Webb agreed a $3 million bribe with Traffic Sports USA for Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rights, for which he received $1.75 million.  The Brooklyn Federal Court judge has already ruled in other cases that $3 million of restitution is to be paid to the CFU, Webb will likely be expected to pay the significant part of that restitution once sentenced.

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