(CNS): When Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in a New York court last year, the disgraced former local football hero admitted using his position as the former president of CIFA and CONCACAF and VP of FIFA for his own personal benefit and said he regretted his criminal conduct. The courtroom admissions were released to the US media Monday following legal action by Bloomberg. In the plea statement, he said he misused his position in FIFA for personal benefits, as he came clean about the corruption, which he implied was common in the organisation.
Webb, who is expected to be sentenced in June, told the court that he received bribes for the sale of commercial rights for the FIFA World Cup 2018, still currently scheduled to be held in Russia, and for the World Cup qualifying matches for the 2022 tournament. He also confessed to receiving cash kickbacks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for other tournaments, including the Copa America Centenario tournament.
“I abused my position to obtain bribes and kickbacks for my personal benefit. I believed that such offers were common in this business. I deeply regret my participation in this illegal conduct,” Webb stated last November, according to the court transcripts. Webb said that in 2012 he was told that sports marketing companies would offer “side payments”, or bribes, in exchange for commercial rights to soccer matches.
He also pleaded guilty to charges relating to conspiring to defraud his employers and conspiracy to commit money laundering offenses by transmitting money from the United States to front accounts in Panama and here in the Cayman Islands, among other places.
Webb is currently under house arrest on an electronic tag in his mansion in Atlanta, Georgia, which is understood to have been partially funded by the ill-gotten gains made using his position at FIFA and through a criminal enterprise in Cayman.
The court documents, which have been redacted, also relate to the confessions of Argentinian-Italian marketing executive, Alejandro Burzaco, and Brazilian intermediary, Jose Margulies, both of whom also pleaded guilty last year to various charges in the massive FIFA corruption scandal.