Michel Platini arrested amid investigation into award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

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18 June 2019

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup, APA reports citing Daily Mirror.

French legend Platini, 63, was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for a series of breaches. Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar. He is said to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Qatar was named as the hosts of the World Cup in December 2010 but there have been a number of controversies regarding their suitability. Former vice-president Jack Warner claimed an e-mail had been publicised amid allegations Qatar had 'bought' the Wold Cup - although the bid team have denied any wrongdoing.

Platini was tipped to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before both were banned from football from four years. The Frenchman was banned for receiving a £1.35m payment from FIFA on Blatter's orders and has served three-and-a-half years of a four-year ban. He continues to deny any wrongdoing and is taking legal action over defamation and false accusation.

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