FIFA scandal

Blatter asks Kissinger to clean up FIFA

June 2, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger is the man to help clean up world football's governing body in the wake of recent corruption allegations.

Henry Kissinger and Sepp Blatter
GettyImagesKissinger (L) was the US secretary of state and national security advisor during the Vietnam War

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Blatter, who was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term in office on Wednesday, has promised to "put FIFA's ship back onto the right course in clear, transparent waters".

And the Swiss appears to feel that Kissinger - who was US secretary of state and national security advisor during the Vietnam War - can help improve the organisation's transparency.

"Although Dr. Kissinger has not yet received a formal request, he did receive an exploratory letter from FIFA president Blatter, inviting him to join a committee," Kissinger's spokeswoman Jessee Leporin told AFP.

German-born Kissinger, 88, is an avid football fan and was part of the USA's failed 2018/2022 World Cup bid, as well as the team that succesfully brought the tournament to US shores in 1994.

FIFA is battling against allegations of corruption and bribery after CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer last week blew the whistle on bribery claims, which subsequently saw vice-presidents Jack Warner and Mohammed Bin Hammam suspended.

During a distinguished political career, which included winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, Kissinger worked under US presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon and has previous when it comes to dealing with scandals, having been a part of the Nixon government during Watergate.