Gianni Infantino denies becoming Michel Platini’s ‘puppet’

He has been accused of becoming the “puppet” of disgraced UEFA boss Michel Platini, but FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino insists he’s his own man.

The Swiss-Italian worked below Platini at European football’s governing physique and has turn out to be UEFA’s preferred candidate for FIFA’s top job just after the Frenchman was banned for eight years for ethical breaches.

Infantino, 45, is among 5 candidates at this month’s unique election. Soon after agreeing to stand down just days immediately after winning last year’s vote, president Sepp Blatter, 79, was then banned alongside Platini for breaking ethics codes relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts. Both are attractive against the ruling.

Infantino previously recommended he would withdraw if Platini was allowed to stand, so when it was recommended he was merely acting for the Frenchman, he told CNN: “That is surely not the case.

“I happen to be nominated by the UEFA executive committee; I have received assistance in South America, Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia.

“I share a lot with Platini, we worked collectively for nine years, not surprisingly. But Platini has his own strengths and weaknesses. I’ve my own strengths and weaknesses. I am committed to show it to the entire planet.”

Infantino is certainly one of two European candidates alongside France’s Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy secretary common.

They are up against Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Bahraini head of the Asian Football Confederation, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and South African Tokyo Sexwale.