Former FIFA Vice-President and former President of CONCACAF and the Cayman Islands Football Association Jeffrey Webb has been banned from football for life by the body’s ethics committee on Friday (9 September).
Webb pleaded guilty at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy in November last year.
A statement from the Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden reads: “This is certainly not one of the proudest moments in Cayman’s sporting history and sadly this scandal with FIFA and its confederations continues to cast a big shadow over these islands. We look forward to the day that we can put this behind us whereby these islands can regain their good name on the international sporting scene.”
Football’s global governing body is attempting to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history which has seen 42 people, including former FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May last year.
Criminal investigations are also under way in Switzerland, where FIFA has its headquarters.
Those 42 include Webb, who currently is on house arrest at his Georgia home and faces sentencing in November.
FIFA’s ethics committee has conducted its own investigation into the Caymanian and announced on Friday that he was guilty of breaking ethics violations, including bribery and corruption.
The decision on Webb came on the same day that FIFA announced it would investigate former president Sepp Blatter and former secretary generals Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner over aspects of their conduct while in office.
Blatter and Valcke are already serving lengthy bans from soccer in relation to previous findings.