Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb as the “most breathtaking scoundrel of all”.
Webb is currently under house arrest in the United States where he faces sentencing for corruption, money laundering and bribery having admitted to the charges under a plea deal.
The Caymanian was one of 14 officials charged by The US Department of Justice in 2015, a list that also included former CONCACAF and FIFA Vice president Jack Warner. Warner remains in Trinidad and Tobago fighting against extradition.
A subsequent wider investigation of the world football governing body itself had threatened to expose then president Blatter who was reportedly involved in a scandal where US$100million was paid to FIFA officials. Later that year an independent FIFA Ethics Committee ejected Blatter from office and banned him from taking part in any FIFA activities over the following eight years. The ban has since been reduced to six. The former world football boss, however, still had plenty of criticism for Webb a man he has found to be particularly deceptive.
“Jeffrey Webb had tears coming down his face, saying: I am humbled, I accept it; I promise I will do that,” Blatter told football journalist David Conn for his new book on the corruption scandal. Blatter, stating he believed that the former CONCACAF president was perfect for the role of the next FIFA president, accused Webb of being a hypocrite.
“How can you be misled by that or by yourself to say this man is a correct man? I was already thinking that he could be tomorrow the president of FIFA, a good person, a strong man,” Blatter said.
Webb is due to be sentenced on July 11 for crimes relating to the bribes and kickbacks he received for TV deals with two US based companies while he served as the CONCACAF president.