Michel Platini detained over Qatar World Cup bid

By Stephen Creek 18 June 2019 93
Michel Platini detained over Qatar World Cup bid

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained by police in France as part of an investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The French Ministry of Justice confirmed that anti-corruption officers took the 63-year-old in for questioning in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday morning.

Platini is currently serving a four-year ban from football after FIFA's Ethics Committee found that he received a 'disloyal payment' from former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

A statement from the Ministry of Justice, given to Omnisport, read: "Platini was taken in for questioning on Tuesday by officers of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.

"Following questioning, he was detained."

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, during which time Platini served on the FIFA executive committee, triggering controversy over the country's suitability to stage the game's biggest event.

Platini and Blatter were cleared of corruption charges relating to the 'disloyal payment' in 2015 but both were found guilty of a series of other breaches, including a conflict of interest and dereliction of duty, and banned by FIFA for eight years.

The ban was reduced to six years by FIFA's appeals committee and then to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini, a former France international midfielder, has always denied any wrongdoing.

FIFA has yet to comment.

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