Lynch, who made her comments in Zurich where FIFA is headquartered, did not specifically name Blatter or anyone else who is in the Justice Department’s sights, but it has long been rumored that the 79-year-old Switzerland native is a target. In June, the New York Times reported that part of the ongoing investigation involves getting some of the 20 ex-FIFA and sports marketing professionals who have already been indicted to provide information on Blatter.
“Our message is clear: no individual is impervious to the law. No corrupt organization is beyond its reach,” Lynch said (via the Guardian). “And no criminal act can evade the concerted efforts of dedicated men and women fighting for justice.”
Lynch gave no specifics on the case’s timeline.
Blatter won his fifth term as FIFA president in May, just days after a sting operation in conjunction with the U.S. investigation saw Swiss authorities arrest seven high-profile soccer officials who had gathered at a five-star hotel ahead of the election. Blatter immediately tried to distance himself from the individuals, including three ex-FIFA vice presidents who served under Blatter, but did an about-face after the election, announcing he would step down in February and call for a new election.
Blatter has kept a relatively low profile since, failing to make an appearance at the Women’s World Cup in Canada over the summer. It marked the first time in his almost two-decade tenure that he did not make an appearance at the tournament.