Kissinger mulling over FIFA offer

June 5, 2011 - 8:29 AM

LONDON (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says he has yet to make a firm commitment to become an adviser to soccer's world governing body.

Newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that Kissinger has agreed to join a "committee of wise persons" to help investigate problems within the organization.

The 88-year-old Kissinger tells the BBC that he has "to know who the other participants are and what the terms of reference are" before committing to joining FIFA.

Kissinger says Sunday "if it can help the sport, I'd be willing to participate." He was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.

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