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Blatter turns to Kissinger

2011-06-02 07:56

Zurich - Newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter is turning to former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to help investigate problems within world football's governing body.

Blatter says the 88-year-old Kissinger has agreed to be on a "committee of wise persons" to advise FIFA's new corporate governance and compliance body.

Kissinger's spokesperson, Jessee LaPorin, confirmed that Kissinger agreed to participate. She said Kissinger has not yet received a formal request, but did receive an exploratory letter from Blatter.

Kissinger, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 under presidents Nixon and Ford, is an ardent football fan and worked on the failed US bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter also says on Wednesday that he wants to appoint Dutch great Johan Cruyff to the committee, which will have the power to investigate and suggest solutions to problems as FIFA recovers from a bribery scandal.

AP

Comments
  • Gorilla - 2011-06-02 08:35

    Blatter is a joke and has shown his true colours. ow the hell can you have an election with one name on the ballot? Flippen thug.

  • Colin - 2011-06-02 08:56

    Kissinger is older than Blatter and like Blatter knows nothing about soccer-he should be consulting younger men to show him where he has gone wrong

  • Mamaile - 2011-06-02 09:35

    FIFA house turned into an old age home for former soccer pundits!!!! Watch the space, this is leading the beautiful game into a dictatoral system of oppression. Why young bloods are not brought up to make FIFA more vibrant and gallantic. am dissapointed!!!!!

  • Aubriano - 2011-06-02 10:59

    88 years old to be on a committee of WISE persons????? Soccer is being run by ancestors really, especially when one looks at Sepp and now this.Get fresh millenium ideas please. I am sure that Kissinger ancestral guy's first born is on pension already. This is not so Ayoba.

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