Blatter asks opera star Domingo to be FIFA adviser

Opera great Placido Domingo is considering an invitation from

FIFA President Sepp Blatter to help clean up world football’s

governing body.

Blatter on Monday said he wanted the 70-year-old Spanish-born

tenor to sit on a ”council of wisdom” alongside former U.S.

secretary of state Henry Kissinger and former Netherlands player

Johan Cruyff.

But Domingo is not committing to the role until he receives more

information from Blatter about the committee being formed in the

wake of the worst corruption scandal in FIFA’s 107-year


”Since 1970 – with the exception of 1978 – I have been at every

World Cup final in every host country,” Domingo said in comments

provided to The Associated Press. ”In my amateur way, I am an

expert in football. I am happy to have been asked to be involved

with this great sport and have requested more details to see if I

can be of help.”

Blatter used a CNN interview to announce his interest in Domingo

advising FIFA on its problems.

”Placido Domingo will be part (of the committee),” Blatter

said. ”He is happy, he is proud that he is part (of it).”

Domingo’s most visible involvement in football has been

appearing at concerts before four consecutive World Cups from 1990

with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, who were collectively

known as The Three Tenors.

Blatter on Monday also defended the decision to approach the

88-year-old Kissinger to sit on the new committee.

”People say he is an old man, but he is a wise man,” Blatter


Kissinger is yet to make a firm commitment to become an adviser

and, like Domingo, is awaiting further details.

”These gentlemen are more or less advisers, they are not the

experts but advisers,” Blatter said during a visit to Azerbaijan.

”What they should be also is the kind of council of wisdom, which

my executive committee would not like because they think they are

the council of wisdom!”

The committee will have the power to investigate and suggest

solutions to problems as FIFA recovers from a bribery scandal,

which saw executive committee members Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack

Warner suspended from all football activities during the


The committee is part of plans by Blatter to bring a ”little

bit more credibility” back to FIFA after he was re-elected last

week to serve a fourth term as president.

He defended the decision not have an independent chairman for

the new solutions committee, saying he did not want to ”open our

border and say everyone can come in.”

”The football family has asked me to solve the solution inside

the FIFA and not outside the FIFA,” Blatter said. ”We are a very

organized institution with 208 associations, six continents. I’ve

put already zero tolerance in the agenda.”