Infantino only joined the presidential race in October after UEFA president Michel Platini was provisionally suspended over a $2 million “disloyal” payment from Blatter, which eventually saw both men banned for eight years. But he rejected the suggestion that he would be seen as a second-choice candidate and said he had felt a moral responsibility to act after US and Swiss authorities targeted FIFA in wide-ranging corruption probes. “It’s true that until a few months ago I was not thinking about being a candidate, but in life sometimes there are situations where you have to take decisions,” Infantino said. “When I saw what is going on, I thought you simply cannot sit and lean back and watch everything being destroyed or destroy itself. You have to do something. You have to do something for football.”
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