Blatter woos Kissinger
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