(CNS): Aaron Davidson, who co-founded the North American Soccer League, is expected to plead guilty today for his part in the massive FIFA scandal, in which he secured multi-million dollar TV contracts by bribing officials, such as Jeffery Webb. At the time he was bribing FIFA executives, Davidson was said to have worked closely with Webb, one of the beneficiaries of Davidson’s cash sweeteners when the local one-time football hero was the president of CONCACAF.
Davidson, who, like Webb, was charged in May last year when the US investigation into football corruption was revealed, is accused of orchestrating $5 million worth of bribes through Traffic Sports USA, a marketing firm he controlled. The firm acted as a middleman for TV rights to World Cup games.
Alongside those already tried and those, like Webb, who have admitted their guilt, six others are awaiting trial in the case, including former Cayman soccer official Coastas Takkas.
While the scandal led to the downfall of FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, he has not been charged. However, pundits in the US believe that Davidson’s plea may signal a decision by him to cooperate with the authorities regarding the former FIFA president’s alleged role in the corruption scandal.