NEW YORK — A top former FIFA official has pleaded not guilty in court in the U.S. to face racketeering and bribery charges in a corruption case, sending shock waves throughout the soccer world.
Jeffrey Webb was arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn on Saturday, posting a $10 million bond.
Webb, 50, surrendered three passports and must remain at home within a 20-mile radius of the court. He will be monitored by an electronic tag.
He was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland. The rest are fighting extradition.
The defendants allegedly accepted bribes worth millions of dollars in connection marketing rights, prosecutors say.
According to BBC, the investigation was sparked by the bidding process for the Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups.
Since the indictment, Webb was banned provisionally and replaced as the FIFA vice president from the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Webb also was president of the regional governing body CONCACAF.
Webb’s lawyer and prosecutors have declined comment.