Former Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb extradited from Switzerland to US

 
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Webb was one of seven men arrested in a raid on a Zurich hotel (Source: Getty)

Former Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb has been extradited to the United States from Switzerland on charges of bribery and racketeering, filed by American prosecutors.

“He was handed over to a three man US policy escort in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York,” the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement.

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Webb, who was president of Concacaf, football’s government body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, and a Fifa vice president at the time of his arrest, was extradited a day earlier after 50 days of detention.

Webb was one of seven people, all from Concacaf or South America, arrested in a raid on a Zurich hotel in May.

His arrest came at the same time as 13 other men – nine football officials and five marketing executives –were indicted by the US Department of Justice in May, including Jack Warner, former Fifa vice-president, who is fighting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago.

Charges included racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

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In May, Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer pleaded guilty to taking bribes for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and became an informant for the US investigation. Last week Blazer was expelled by Fifa.

A separate investigations have been launched into corruption for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The countries could lose their rights to host the World Cups if evidence of bribery is found in their cases.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter, meanwhile, has denied all wrongdoing and has not attended Fifa business in nations that have extradition treaties with the US.

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