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Kissinger Says Soccer Body Needs ‘Modernization’ to Stop FIFA Corruption

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Kissinger Says Soccer Body Needs ‘Modernization’ to Stop FIFA Corruption

Henry Kissinger said soccer’s governing body needs to “modernize” to protect the world’s most-popular sport amid allegations of corruption against some of its top leaders.

The former U.S. secretary of state said today that he was considering an invitation to join an investigation of FIFA aimed at improving the Zurich-based soccer federation that runs the World Cup.

“There’s been an enormous amount of controversy about FIFA at a time when the interest in soccer has multiplied around the world,” Kissinger, 88, said in a telephone interview from New York. “Given that soccer is such a beloved game, it’s important that there’s no doubt in the way it’s being administered. There’s a need for modernization: that would be my attitude and approach.”

Sepp Blatter, who was elected this week to his fourth term as FIFA’s president, is under pressure to reform the organization. His re-election opponent, Mohamed Bin Hammam, dropped out after allegations he offered cash to Caribbean officials for their support. Nine members of FIFA’s 24-member decision-making panel have been suspended or faced accusations of impropriety in the last year. Most of the allegations centered on bidding to host the World Cup, a quadrennial tournament that brings in more than $4 billion to FIFA.

Blatter, 75, proposed this week the creation of a “committee of wise persons” to advise FIFA’s newly formed corporate governance and compliance unit, and said Kissinger would be a member.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

How can this major war criminal get invited by FIFA to clean it up

Creasing at the 'committee of wise guys'

These guys are a committee of gangsters ruining football and now they want one of the heavyweight gangsters to get involved

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