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Opera legend Domingo joins FIFA

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Sepp Blatter's fight to halt FIFA's problems has made a rather adroit turn with the choice of Placido Domingo as adviser.

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Domingo will join 88-year-old former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and ex-Holland international Johann Cruyff as the governing body seeks to rid itself of claims of corruption and double-dealing.

Blatter told CNN: "These gentlemen are more or less advisers, they are not the experts but advisers. They should be a kind of 'council of wisdom' which my executive committee would not like because they think they are the council of wisdom!

"I have also contacted the Spanish singer... Placido Domingo - he is happy, he is proud that he is part, and Kissinger also. People say he is an old man, but he is a wise man."

Blatter also played down the likelihood of FIFA launching an inquiry into Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid but insists he will not block the organisation's new watchdog body looking into it.

Qatar 2022 came under the spotlight last week when FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke confirmed he had sent an email suggesting they had "bought" the tournament but later said he had been referring to the financial power of the bid.

Asked if he would look again at Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, Blatter told CNN: "No. I don't know why we should go in - then we shall go to all, then we shall start with Brazil and all before. I don't know why we should open something because somebody has said something towards Qatar.

"Let me work now on this new approach of the ethics committee, let me work with this committee of solutions and if this committee of solutions or the ethics committee have the impression that they should do something then let them take the decisions."

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