A former sports marketing executive arrested last year during a US corruption probe involving football’s global governing body, FIFA, pleaded guilty on Thursday (20 October) to participating in schemes to pay bribes to a top official.
Aaron Davidson, former president of the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate Traffic Group, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.
He told that court that he helped direct more than US $14 million in illegal kickbacks to Webb, a former FIFA Vice-President and former President of CONCACAF and the Cayman Islands Football Association.
He told the court, “I knew that Mr. Webb was using his position of authority and trust to enrich himself personally and I understood that he was doing so without the knowledge of the organisations he represented or was affiliated with.”
Davidson agreed to forfeit more than US $500,000 and is one of 42 defendants in the US-led global corruption probe in football.
Webb pleaded guilty last year to several counts of fraud and conspiracy. He originally was to be sentenced in May, but Judge Raymond Dearie granted a six-month extension and Webb now will be sentenced on 18 November.