FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino has backed embattled UEFA president Michel Platini in his bid to clear his name of the corruption that has seen him banned for 8 years.
Platini withdrew from his bid to replace Blatter as President of FIFA to focus on clearing his name.
Uefa general secretary Infantino, who is now clear to run for Fifa’s top job after previously stating he would not campaign if Platini remained in the race, has lent his support to Platini.
“I fully respect and understand Michel Platini’s decision,” he said on Friday.
“I wish him all the best in his efforts to clear his name as soon as possible and I reiterate my support for his right to a due process.”
Infantino said the backing he has received for his own Fifa campaign has given him encouragement ahead of February’s elections.
“I have been further gratified and encouraged by the support I have received from the many football people I met all over the world during my campaign,” he added.
“I am conscious of my responsibility to them and to all of those who love our game. I look forward to building together with them the Fifa that they want to see, a Fifa with football at its heart.”