Months after levying charges that rocked FIFA, soccer's governing body, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned Monday that "no individual is above the law," as the corruption investigation into the organization continued, according to the Guardian. Lynch said she expected more indictments as the probe widened.
"We do anticipate being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities," she said, according to ESPN. The initial investigation from the United States -- and a separate but cooperative investigation from Swiss authorities -- resulted in the indictment of 14 people, including nine current or former FIFA executives, on racketeering charges involving more than $150 million. Four others have pleaded guilty. Lynch said the continued probe could be wide-ranging.
"The scope of our investigation is not limited, and we are following the evidence where it leads," Lynch said, according to the BBC. "I am grateful for the significant cooperation and substantial evidence that we have received from all quarters."
Swiss and American authorities, who are working together closely on the continuing investigation into FIFA, held a joint press conference in Zurich Monday to provide updates on progress. Lynch spoke to media alongside Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.
Amid the controversy of the growing scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he would resign in June just one week after being re-elected. Blatter will step aside in February. Lynch would not say if Blatter, 79, is a target of the investigation. He has come under increased scrutiny after a recent report from Swiss media suggested that Blatter signed off on a deal in which FIFA sold the media rights to televise the 2010 and 2014 World Cups in parts of the Caribbean at a price well below market value.
Swiss authorities are looking into the contract "to see if it is really valuable [to the investigation] or not," Lauber said, according to the BBC. The probe, which has already seized some 11 terabytes of information, still has a ways to go before it completed, he added.
"Clearly, we are not even near the half-time break," Lauber said, according to the BBC.