Henry Kissinger agrees to help FIFA

Updated: June 1, 2011, 6:04 PM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- Newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter is turning to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to help investigate problems within world soccer'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 spokeswoman, 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 soccer fan and worked on the failed U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter also says 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.

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