Michel Platini claims Gianni Infantino never backed women's football, faults FIFA's 'legitimacy’

Michel Platini claims Gianni Infantino never backed women's football, faults FIFA's 'legitimacy’

- Michel Platini insists Gianni Infantino never backed women's football while at UEFA

- The former UEFA president opposed Infantino's return as FIFA president on Wednesday, June 5, in Paris during the world's governing body's congress

- Infantino worked under Platini at UEFA before he was elected as FIFA president in February 2016 to replace Sepp Blatter

French football legend and former head of European football Michel Platini has blasted FIFA President Gianni Infantino over his stand on women's football amid his re-election insisting he has “no legitimacy”.

According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Platini, who was banned from football activities over a two million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from FIFA, questioned the legitimacy of his former assistant.

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“He has no legitimacy, he is not credible as FIFA president,” noted Platini, who claimed that when Infantino was UEFA secretary-general “everyone knew that he was always criticising FIFA”.

Speaking further, Platini maintained Infantino at UEFA, never backed the development of women’s football.

“How can he promote women’s football when he always used to make fun of it? He never believed in it,” Platini said.

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Infantino, emerged FIFA president in 2015 after the scandal-tainted reign of Sepp Blatter, before he was returned unopposed for a second four year term during FIFA congress.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gianni Infantino has returned as the FIFA president for the second term following his re-election but the world football governing body on Wednesday, June 4.

The 49-year-old emerged victorious unopposed during this year's Fifa's annual congress recently held in Paris. Infantino, who succeeded Sepp Blatter three years back will remain in charge of global football until the 2023.

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