Ex-CNN anchor new media man for Platini

UEFA has hired former CNN sports presenter Pedro Pinto as its

head of press relations with special responsibility for its

president Michel Platini.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says Pinto’s duties

include ”coordinating institutional communications relating

especially to the UEFA president.”

Pinto will begin work in mid-January, at the start of a year in

which Platini is expected to announce if he will run for the FIFA

presidency in 2015.

Pinto has presented football ceremonies including UEFA’s

Champions League draw in Monaco and FIFA’s world player of the year

gala in Zurich.

Infantino says after a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee

that Pinto will work alongside David Farrelly, who remains head of

its communications department.