Blatter says Henry Kissinger will advise scandal-hit FIFA’s new compliance unit

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, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 under presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford, is an ardent soccer fan and worked on the failed U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter also said on Wednesday that he wants to appoint Dutch great Johan Cruyff.

The committee will have the power to investigate and suggest solutions to problems as FIFA recovers from a bribery scandal.

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