Time running out for Warner and Webb
The futures of former CONCACAF bosses Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb are likely to be decided next month with both scheduled to face the courts for crucial rulings.
When the FIFA trials continued last week former Paraguay Football Association and CONMEBOL president Juan Ángel Napout and José Maria Marin, a former president of the Brazil football federation, were both handed guilty verdicts and now await sentencing from jail in the United States.
Napout was found guilty of two wire fraud charges and one count racketeering conspiracy, while Marin was found guilty of six charges relating to money laundering and involvement in wire fraud conspiracy.
Attention is expected to soon shift to the Caribbean officials who are at various states of the legal process. Webb, like Napout and Marin, is expected to know the length of his prison sentence when he faces the US court in late January.
The former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy. Webb, who is currently under house arrest in the US, has seen his sentence delayed five times.
Warner is currently fighting extradition from his homeland in Trinidad and Tobago, where an appeal against the local court’s decision to uphold the legality of the extradition request will be held next month.
In a submission to the court Warner’s legal team argued that the order stood in violation of aspects of T&T law; the claim was rejected. Warner is facing fraud and money-laundering charges related to his two decades as a vice-president of world football’s governing body. (Sportsmax)