The first big move of the FIFA executive summer transfer window has happened, and it seems like CONCACAF’s former boss is back in the United States just in time for the climax of the Gold Cup. Jeffrey Webb’s not going to be handing out the trophy to the winners, though. And he won’t be watching on television, unless New York-area detention centers have FOX Sports subscriptions.
You’ll remember Webb as the FIFA vice-president who was supposed to help clean up much of the sport’s sludge, like racism and corruption. Now reports suggest that he’s been extradited to the U.S. as part of the FIFA corruption inquiry. Specifically, reports say that one of the seven men arrested in Switzerland in May has been flown to New York, and Webb’s believed not to be fighting his extradition, making the process likely quicker for him than for the rest.
The Cayman Islands citizen is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering, though he’s escaped being accused of failing to get Major League Soccer teams to take the CONCACAF Champions League more seriously.
The hearings process for the other six is expected to finish in early September, according to an Associated Press report.
Sepp Blatter’s still on staycation in Zurich and not facing any charges, in case you were wondering.