July 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) A former top FIFA official has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and bribery charges in a corruption case that has sent shock waves through the soccer world.

Jeffrey Webb posted a $10 million bond at his arraignment in federal court in Brooklyn on Saturday. He surrendered three passports.

Webb's lawyer and prosecutors declined comment.

The 50-year-old Webb was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland. The rest are fighting extradition.

Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to pay bribes of more than $150 million over a 24-year period. The payments were tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments.

Since the indictment, Webb was banned provisionally and replaced as the FIFA vice president from the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Webb was also president of the regional governing body CONCACAF.

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