FIFA coverage from Cayman Compass

Full-text FIFA documents

A growing list of full-text documents and source material from the FIFA scandal. Read More

FIFA’s Cayman ties long pre-date Webb

When authorities in the United States indicted CONCACAF president and Cayman native Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands found itself part of the global narrative of football corruption and overreach. Read More

24 years of Cayman football history

When Jeffrey Webb became president of the Cayman Islands Football Association 24 years ago, there was so little documentation and memorabilia that its entire history was handed to him in a shoebox. Read More

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Webb fired from Cayman football association

Dec. 9, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb has been officially terminated as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after pleading guilty to involvement in racketeering and bribery schemes at world football’s governing body, FIFA. Read More

EDITORIAL: FIFA scandal: Cayman football in Webb’s shadow

Dec. 9, 2015 – In the United States, the trial of Jeffrey Webb is over before it began — as he pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from a U.S. investigation into corruption in world football’s governing body, FIFA. Here in the Cayman Islands, however, the stain of Webb’s legacy is only beginning to become apparent. Read More

Webb charges reference local attorney, ‘conspirators’

Dec. 7, 2015 – Unnamed individuals, including Caymanians, handled some of what U.S. prosecutors said was bribe money paid to Caymanian Jeffrey Webb between 2012 and 2014, according to federal court records released last week. Read More

Fallout from Webb guilty plea continues

Dec. 7, 2015 – Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden led new calls for an independent inquiry into Cayman football’s governing body, following allegations that Jeffrey Webb embezzled funds intended for youth soccer programs. Read More

Webb pleads guilty in FIFA probe, will forfeit US$6.7M

Dec. 4, 2015 – Cayman Islands businessman Jeffrey Webb has pleaded guilty to seven charges in a 15 count indictment against him related to the U.S. Department of Justice probe of racketeering and bribery schemes in world football’s governing body, FIFA. Read More

Webb’s replacement at CONCACAF arrested

Dec. 3, 2015 – World football’s organizing body for the Caribbean, Central and North American region was thrown into upheaval again Thursday as its new president – nominated in late May- was arrested by Swiss authorities in connection with an ongoing U.S. racketeering and bribery probe of FIFA. Read More

FIFA scandal fits in with Mob Museum’s motif

Dec. 3, 2015 – The FIFA corruption scandal, which has links to the Cayman Islands, fits right in with the ranks of notorious mobsters and gangster-hunting “G-men” featured at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More

EDITORIAL: On corruption: The duties of the governor

Nov. 23, 2015 – Cayman has a reputation for being a hotbed of corruption, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Read More

Anti-Corruption Commission probing 12 cases

Nov. 20, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission is actively investigating 12 cases of corruption, and incoming complaints have dropped by more than half since 2012-2013, according to the annual report released this week. Read More

Two CIMA board members not available

Oct. 27, 2015 – Two Cayman Islands Monetary Authority board members appointed earlier this year are unable to serve their three-year terms for various reasons, and replacements will have to be found, Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton confirmed Monday. Read More

Swiss approve extradition of Costas Takkas

Oct. 12, 2015 – Swiss authorities have approved the extradition of Costas Takkas, Jeffrey Webb’s assistant at FIFA and former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, to face trial in the U.S. on bribery charges. Read More

MP: Brits should be ready to assist Cayman FIFA investigations

Oct. 1, 2015 – A British MP and FIFA reform campaigner has called on the U.K. Serious Fraud Office to take a greater role in investigating corruption in the game’s governing body. Read More

FIFA bans Jack Warner for life

Sept. 30, 2015 – Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner was banned for life from football activities by FIFA, effective Friday. Warner is also facing extradition to the U.S. from his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. Read More

Third FIFA official ordered extradited to US

Sept. 24, 2015 – The third of seven FIFA officials arrested in May during a U.S. law enforcement raid at a Zurich hotel has been ordered to be extradited to America. Read More

Second FIFA official’s extradition ordered

Sept. 18, 2015 – The second of seven arrested FIFA officials being held in Switzerland in connection with an international football bribery probe has been ordered extradited to the U.S. Read More

Blatter under fire over World Cup TV rights

Sept. 15, 2015 – A 2005 FIFA contract obtained by Swiss broadcaster SRF indicates that FIFA President Sepp Blatter allegedly sold TV rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup for a fraction of the market price to the Caribbean Football Union and the regional football body’s then-president Jack Warner. Read More

Scotland steps down from CIFA

Sept. 9, 2015 – Former Sports Minister Mark Scotland has become the latest member of the Cayman Islands Football Association executive to step down from his role. Read More

Court: Webb allowed to return to Georgia

Sept. 8, 2015 – Indicted former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been allowed to return to his home in Loganville, Georgia, following an application made to the U.S. federal court last month by his attorneys. Read More

Maples continues CIFA funding, confirms Blake resignation

Sept. 7, 2015 – Law firm Maples and Calder will continue its sponsorship of grass roots football in the Cayman Islands despite recent controversies surrounding the game’s local governing body. Read More

Unnamed companies gifted almost $1M to CIFA

Sept. 4, 2015 – Almost $1 million in loans from unnamed private companies have been re-assigned as sponsorship income in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s 2013/14 accounts. Read More

CIFA had $17K loss on World Cup tickets

Sept. 4, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Football Association had a loss of almost $17,000 on buying and selling World Cup tickets, according to its financial statements for 2013/2014. Read More

General secretary resigns from football association

Sept. 2, 2015 – The turmoil surrounding the Cayman Islands Football Association increased Tuesday as acting general secretary Paul Macey announced his resignation. Read More

Webb struggling to fund NY home, security

Aug. 31, 2015 – Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb claims he is struggling to fund his house arrest in New York and has applied to the U.S. federal court to allow him to relocate to Georgia, where he and his wife have a home. Read More

Football leader re-elected; corruption probe possible

Aug. 31, 2015 – Football boss Bruce Blake has promised full cooperation with any investigation into the Cayman Islands Football Association’s finances after being confirmed as acting leader of the organization. Read More

Blake remains defiant as election looms

Aug. 28, 2015 – Acting head of the Cayman Islands Football Association Bruce Blake has shrugged off government’s decision to pull funding from the organization and insists he is the man to take the sport forward. Read More

EDITORIAL: CIFA rejection a kick in the shins

Aug. 26, 2015 – The upcoming elections for the Cayman Islands Football Association could have constituted a fresh start for a troubled organization that is ground zero for the international FIFA corruption scandal. Read More

Government to pull football funding amid election row

Aug. 26, 2015 – Government is pulling its funding from the Cayman Islands Football Association amid concerns about the handling of leadership elections. Read More

Three months later, three FIFA defendants before US court

Aug. 26, 2015 – Three months after 14 arrests in an international racketeering and bribery investigation shook world football, just three criminal defendants – including Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb – are currently before the U.S. court system. Read More

Sports minister questions football association’s election process

Aug. 21, 2015 – Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden has called on the Cayman Islands Football Association to hold “free and fair elections” on its leadership. Read More

Moxam’s CIFA leadership bid thwarted

Aug. 18, 2015 – Bruce Blake looks set to be re-elected unopposed as first vice president and acting president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after Renard Moxam’s nomination to stand for election was rejected. Read More

Additional CIMA-Webb connections identified

Aug. 6, 2015 – More connections between Jeffrey Webb and Cayman’s financial regulator are revealed. Read More

Moxam seeks to lead football association

Aug. 6, 2015 – Renard Moxam is bidding to lead the Cayman Islands Football Association saying the organization needs a fresh start under new leadership following negative publicity in the wake of the corruption allegations that have shaken the world game. Read More

Forensic accountants to review FIFA bank transactions

July 31, 2015 – An international accounting firm is being brought in to assist the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority with a forensic review of any local bank transactions connected to the U.S.-based indictments of FIFA officials. Read More

US prosecutors seek more FIFA victims, witnesses

July 29, 2015 – Federal prosecutors look for more leads in the FIFA corruption probe while banks come under increased scrutiny again. Read More

EDITORIAL: A changing of the guard at CIMA

July 29, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has undergone a major shake-up … but, frankly, not the one which we had anticipated. Read More

CIMA directors change in midst of ‘internal review’

July 28, 2015 – A shake-up in the Cayman Islands financial services industry regulator comes in the midst of an internal review that began earlier this year related to the involvement of local individuals and financial institutions in the ongoing FIFA corruption investigation. Read More

Webb bail: Homes, cars and jewels

July 23, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb’s family risks millions to secure his release from prison. Read More

Webb freed on $10 million bail

July 20, 2015 – Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty Saturday to a 15-count U.S. federal court indictment against him alleging that he engaged in an international racketeering and bribery scheme with more than a dozen other defendants. Read More

FIFA defendant extradited to U.S.

July 17, 2015 – One of seven defendants arrested in connection with an international racketeering and bribery case involving world football’s governing body was sent to the U.S. Wednesday to face criminal charges. Read More

Pharmaceutical contract draws prosecutors’ scrutiny

July 14, 2015 – A second public hospital contract catches local prosecutors’ attention in the CarePay criminal probe. Read More

Webb extradition: US request likely to take precedence

July 10, 2015 – Swiss authorities must weigh competing extradition requests for Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb. Read More

Charges allege Webb, Watson benefited from hospital contracts

July 9, 2015 – Former FIFA VP Jeffrey Webb and Cayman businessman Canover Watson are alleged to have benefitted from what prosecutors say was a corruptly awarded public hospital contract. Read More

Webb was director of Jack Warner’s Cayman company

July 8, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb was a director of Jack Warner’s Cayman company J&D International, which obtained World Cup TV rights and sold them for millions, according to court documents obtained by the Cayman Compass. Read More

JOURNAL: FIFA’s Cayman ties long pre-date Jeffrey Webb

July 8, 2015 – When authorities in the United States indicted CONCACAF president and Cayman native Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands found itself part of the global narrative of football corruption and overreach. Read More

Webb facing extradition to US and Cayman

July 7, 2015 – Both the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the U.S. Justice Department will seek to have former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb returned to their jurisdiction to face criminal charges in separate investigations. Read More

Webb charged in CarePay case

July 3, 2015 – Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was charged Friday in connection with an ongoing Cayman Islands criminal investigation involving the award of a public hospital contract to a local company prosecutors allege was controlled by Webb’s close associate Canover Watson. Read More

US seeks extradition of Webb, Takkas

July 3, 2015 – U.S. prosecutors issued extradition requests Wednesday for seven indicted FIFA officials arrested in late May, including former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb and his attaché, U.K. national and long-time Cayman Islands resident Costas Takkas. Read More

FIFA extradition request deadline looms

June 29, 2015 – American authorities have until Friday to submit extradition requests for the seven indicted FIFA officials who were arrested in Zurich May 27 on racketeering charges. Read More

Manhattan DA: Cayman ‘better positioned’ to fight terrorism finance

June 26, 2015 – A top U.S. prosecutor says Cayman is currently better prepared to fight against terrorism financing than America. Read More

Online poll: Most think FIFA’s problems go beyond Blatter

June 19, 2015 – More than three-quarters of the respondents to a online poll who did not respond “I don’t really care” said the resignation of FIFA’s Sepp Blatter would not or would likely not clean up the organization that has been beset with allegations of corruption for many years. Read More

Growing case backlog for financial regulator

June 19, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Financial Reporting Authority, charged with tracking and analyzing suspicious financial transactions, has a growing backlog of cases as the number of reports from financial institutions grows, according to the authority’s recently released 2013-2014 annual report. Read More

Swiss open new FIFA probe

June 18, 2015 – Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber has opened an investigation into FIFA and the selection of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournament sites, including connections to numerous bank accounts. Read More

EDITORIAL: Keeping Cayman’s focus on FIFA

June 12, 2015 – In the midst of the ongoing local “Sturm und Drang” regarding this government and this newspaper, it is important that we not lose sight of the Cayman Islands’ role in the FIFA scandal. Read More

CIFA field to be completed by August, say officials

June 12, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Football Association expects to complete the artificial grass field at the troubled “centre of excellence” in Prospect by August. Read More

FIFA defendant wants out of detention

June 11, 2015 – One of the seven FIFA defendants arrested in Switzerland last month says he wants out of detention pending extradition proceedings. Read More

Legislators vote to pull Compass advertising

June 10, 2015 – Legislators voted on Monday to pull Government advertising and cease any commercial activity with the Cayman Compass newspaper in response to an editorial which Premier Alden McLaughlin has described as “treasonous”. Read More

Premier calls anti-corruption editorial ‘treasonous’

June 8, 2015 – Cayman’s premier accuses the publisher of the Cayman Compass newspaper of crimes against the state over an editorial. Read More

Costas Takkas: From amateur dramatics to the world stage

June 8, 2015 – Costas Takkas, the second man with links to the Cayman Islands arrested in the FIFA bribery probe, was an auditor who achieved brief fame for a whacky scheme to get English and Scottish professional footballers to play for the Cayman Islands in World Cup qualifiers. Read More

Cayman’s financial regulator begins ‘internal review’

June 5, 2015 – Cayman’s financial regulator begins an internal review of FIFA-related matters. Read More

24 years of Cayman football history

June 5, 2015 – When Jeffrey Webb became president of the Cayman Islands Football Association 24 years ago, there was so little documentation and memorabilia that its entire history was handed to him in a shoebox. Read More

CONCACAF links to Webb’s ex-employer Fidelity

June 4, 2015 – Fidelity Group chairman was on CONCACAF’s finance committee when bribe payments to Jeffrey Webb were allegedly routed through Fidelity Bank. Read More

Premier: ‘Zero tolerance’ for corruption

June 4, 2015 – Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has defended the islands’ reputation in the wake of the FIFA bribery scandal, saying his government takes a “zero tolerance approach to anyone carrying out illicit activities” through the territory. Read More

EDITORIAL: CIMA chief Scotland must recuse herself from FIFA matters

June 4, 2015 – Cindy Scotland, the managing director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, must recuse herself from all matters that come before our country’s financial regulator involving the unfolding FIFA scandal. Read More

Local bank linked to CarePay corruption probe

June 4, 2015 – More problems for a Cayman bank already embroiled in an international football bribery scandal. Read More

Webb-Watson connection in bribe allegation

June 3, 2015 – More connections between Cayman Islands football officials involved in separate criminal probes are revealed. Read More

Webb out as local football president

June 3, 2015 – Facing corruption allegations and banned from “football-related activities” by world governing body FIFA, Jeffrey Webb has been replaced “on a provisional basis” as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, a position he held for 24 years. Read More

Fidelity Bank to review transactions in FIFA probe

June 3, 2015 – Cayman’s Fidelity Bank has announced plans to conduct an internal review of transactions linked to the FIFA corruption probe. Read More

Extradition orders from US awaited

June 3, 2015 – There is no sign yet of extradition orders from the U.S. for the seven FIFA defendants being held in Switzerland. Read More

EDITORIAL: Corruption: An insidious, creeping crime

June 3, 2015 – Corruption in a country corrodes, erodes — and eventually destroys. It is all too common in the Cayman Islands. From George Town to ghost town, in the blink of an eye. It could happen. Read More

International media focusing on Cayman

June 2, 2015 – An unfinished, problem-plagued football field next to the Cayman Islands Football Association’s headquarters has become the symbol for FIFA’s lopsided power structure. Read More

Financial regulator monitoring FIFA allegations

June 4, 2015 – Cayman’s financial industry regulator said Monday it would act “appropriately, dispassionately and in accordance with our obligations under the law” in the face of allegations linking a Cayman Islands bank to the ongoing FIFA corruption probe. Read More

Corporate president gets $5M bond in FIFA probe

June 2, 2015 – The first defendant in the FIFA bribery scandal appears before a U.S. court. Read More

CIFA meeting in emergency session

June 2, 2015 – The executive committee of the Cayman Islands Football Association called an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss the future of the organization following the arrest of its president and figurehead Jeff Webb on bribery charges in Switzerland. Read More

EDITORIAL: When ‘no comment’ is the wrong comment

June 1, 2015 – All that the Cayman Islands has painstakingly built now faces great peril, in the form of the still-combusting FIFA scandal. Yet the response from our leaders is near silence. Read More

Webb and Canover Watson: Same-street mansions in Georgia

June 1, 2015 – Two top-level Cayman Islands football officials who face separate criminal investigations related to bribery and corruption charges own houses on the same street in Loganville, Georgia. Read More

Webb to fight extradition to US, out as president of CONCACAF

May 29, 2015 – U.S. authorities will face a fight over the extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland this week. Read More

Support for Webb amid FIFA scandal

May 29, 2015 – Family and friends of FIFA vice president Jeff Webb have spoken out in support of the banker, businessman and football official, following his arrest on corruption charges in Switzerland. Read More

Defendants face range of charges

May 29, 2015 – A look at who was indicted by U.S. federal officials in the FIFA corruption scandal, and the charges they face. Read More

EDITORIAL: The Webb arrest: Dealing with the reputational fallout

May 28, 2015 – The arrest of Caymanian Jeffrey Webb in relation to corruption and racketeering charges filed in the U.S. will cause the Cayman Islands significant reputational damage. Read More

Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb indicted in massive FIFA corruption probe

May 28, 2015 – A number of FIFA leaders, including prominent Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, are arrested in Switzerland and charged with corruption and racketeering. Read More

Cayman reacts: Shock, sympathy and silence

May 28, 2015 – Allegations that FIFA vice president and Cayman Islands resident Jeff Webb took millions of dollars in bribes were greeted with a mix of silence and sympathy by senior politicians and soccer officials in the territory. Read More

A twisted web of bribes and money laundering

May 28, 2015 – U.S. law enforcement obtained six guilty pleas in the FIFA corruption investigation since 2013, kept under wraps until the indictments announced Wednesday, May 27. Read More

FIFA VP Webb indicted in US racketeering probe

May 27, 2015 – A 47-count U.S. federal court indictment revealed Wednesday morning has alleged that FIFA Vice President and Cayman Islands resident Jeffrey Webb took part, along with at least eight other high-ranking FIFA officials, in a decades-long corruption and racketeering scheme. Read More

Field of dreams gets reality check

January 5, 2015 – When world soccer chief Sepp Blatter visited the Cayman Islands in 2009 for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new center of excellence, Cayman football officials outlined lofty goals for a state-of-the-art facility. Five years later, and in spite of a reported $1.8 million in spending, mostly through grants from FIFA, the dream has yet to materialize. Read More