GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Wednesday June 21, 2017 – The disgraced former president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb, has been described as “the most breathtaking scoundrel of all” by sacked FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter.
Blatter pointed the finger at Webb during an exchange with football journalist and author David Conn last year for his book on the corruption scandal “The Fall of the House of FIFA”.
The deposed world football boss said he believed Webb could have been the next FIFA president and that he was “a good person” and “a strong man” until the corruption, which Blatter still claims he knew nothing about, was exposed.
In an extract from Conn’s book, which was published in the Guardian, he said that when the CONCACAF integrity report, identifying the alleged frauds of the former secretary-general and president Chuck Blazer and Trinidad’s Austin “Jack” Warner was published, Webb had presented himself as the president for a new era of decency.
“Jeffrey Webb had tears coming down his face, saying: ‘I am humbled, I accept it; I promise I will do that,’” Blatter told Conn.
The former FIFA chief nevertheless went on to point out that Webb was the first person to be arrested in the scandal that embroiled the global football association in 2015.
“How can you be misled by that or by yourself to say this man is a correct man?” Blatter said, apparently deceived by the corruption that Webb eventually admitted to.
brilliant interview with Sepp Blatter here – https://t.co/8ykWDR2Xzs
— Tim (@timwig) June 21, 2017
Webb pleaded guilty in November 2015 to fraud and money laundering charges, but has remained on US$10 million bail under house arrest in Atlanta, Georgia, after numerous sentencing hearings have been postponed.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on 11 July for crimes relating to the bribes and kickbacks he received for TV deals while he served as the CONCACAF president.