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Former Fifa vice-president Webb handed lifetime ban

Jeffrey Webb has no future in football. Credit: PA

Former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life and fined £770,000.

The 51-year-old from the Cayman Islands was once considered a future leader of world football's governing body but that prospect ended when he was arrested in Switzerland last May by local police acting on behalf of the United States Department of Justice.

Webb, who ran the CONCACAF confederation which governs football in the Caribbean and North and Central America, pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in November.

He has been provisionally suspended by Fifa since his arrest but the adjudicatory chamber of its ethics committee has now handed him its most serious sentence.

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Fifa launch fresh investigation into Sepp Blatter

The investigation will look at possible bribery and corruption. Credit: Reuters

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing another corruption investigation after the ethics committee of world football's governing body announced it was opening proceedings against him and key lieutenants Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner.

The committee's investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of Fifa's rulebook that relate to bribery, conflicts of interest and general conduct, while Kattner faces a further charge related to a breach of confidentiality.

The case is understood to be based on the huge salaries and bonuses the three men allegedly paid themselves at Fifa, and the alleged leaking of information about new Fifa president Gianni Infantino to the media.

A Fifa statement said:

The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, has opened formal proceedings against Joseph Blatter, former president of Fifa, Jerome Valcke, former secretary general of Fifa, and Markus Kattner, former acting secretary general and director of finance & corporate services.

The investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of art. 13 (general rules of conduct), art. 15 (loyalty), art. 19 (conflicts of interest), art. 20 (offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (bribery and corruption) of the Fifa code of ethics in the context of salaries and bonuses paid to Mr Blatter, Mr Valcke and Mr Kattner, as well as other provisions included in the contracts of these three individuals.

– Fifa statement

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Infantino in the clear over wrongdoing claims

Gianni Infantino has come under plenty of scrutiny. Credit: PA

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has been cleared of any violation of the governing body's code of ethics, Fifa's independent ethics committee has announced.

Infantino was investigation over claims over misconduct relating to use of private flights but has now been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Fifa headquarters searched and documents seized

Swiss authorities carried out a search of Fifa's Zurich headquarters on Thursday as they continue their criminal investigation into football's world governing body.

The raid is part of an ongoing probe into Fifa. Credit: PA

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) conducted the search and seized documents and electronic data as part of its probe which initially began into the circumstances surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

A statement from the OAG read:

As part of the ongoing criminal investigations in the Fifa affair, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) carried out a search of Fifa's headquarters on June 2, 2016 with the aim of confirming existing findings and obtaining further information.

Documents and electronic data were seized and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings.

The investigations still relate only to the persons named in earlier statements issued by the OAG and further persons unknown. As proceedings are ongoing, no further information can be given at present.

– OAG statement
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