The Mercury

Blatter woos Kissinger

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LONDON: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was considerin­g an offer from Fifa president Sepp Blatter to take up a role in his new anticorrup­tion committee, he said yesterday.

Blatter, re-elected unopposed last week with Fifa battered by corruption allegation­s, immediatel­y created a solutions committee and named 88-year-old Kissinger as someone he would like to see involved in the anti-corruption watchdog.

“He’s not been specific, except to say he wants to create a group of wise men to deal with issues which may arise,” Kissinger told BBC Radio 5 Live, referring to the approach from Blatter.

“If it can help, I’d be willing to participat­e but we need to know other participan­ts and terms of reference.”

Kissinger is a keen soccer fan who was involved in the US’s successful bid to host the 1994 World Cup.

He was also a member of the reform panel set up by the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee after the scandal over Salt Lake City’s winning bid to host the 2002 winter Olympics. – Reuters

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