Takkas sentenced, Webb awaits his fate

Jeffrey Webb will be sentenced in January.

Former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) general secretary Costas Takkas was sentenced Tuesday, 31 October, for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal, while former football boss Jeffrey Webb awaits his own fate.

Takkas, an accountant, who resided in Cayman for several years, was sentenced to 15 months in prison. However, the 61-year-old has already served 10 months since his arrest in May 2015.

Costas Takkas (file photo)

He pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy earlier this year in the probe led by United States investigators.

Takkas was accused of seeking and accepting millions of dollars in bribes on behalf of Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, who headed CIFA and CONCACAF – the confederation that runs football in North, Central America and the Caribbean. The bribes were linked to marketing rights for World Cup qualifiers played by Caribbean teams.

He was also ordered to pay back US$3 million he received on Webb’s behalf. Reports are that he will be deported to the Cayman Islands upon the completion of his sentence.

Meantime, Webb, who was also a FIFA vice president, has been banned from all footballing activities and is under house arrest in the US state of Georgia. He pleaded guilty to various charges against him two years ago following his arrest in the US-led crackdown on corruption that has plagued the sport.

The 53-year-old disgraced football official is due to be sentenced in January.


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