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Michel Platini arrested over the awarding of FIFA World Cup 2022 to Qatar

Former UEFA President Michel Platini is arrested by French anti-corruption police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar

  • Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 Qatar World Cup
  • Former UEFA president Platini was elected in 2007 and served until 2015
  • It is reported Platini was taken into custody by police on Tuesday morning 

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup.

French legend Platini was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

French publication Mediapart claim Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar.

Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup

Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup

Platini was reportedly taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police

Platini was reportedly taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police

Platini is reported to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Back in December 2010 Qatar was controversially revealed as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, following on from Russia in 2018.

A number have issues have arise regarding the decision to select the peninsular Arab country, including human rights concerns and the status of homosexuality among others.

In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam, shortly before casting his vote for Qatar.

In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam

In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam

A source close to the former UEFA chief at the time told the Telegraph that Platini said he had met the Qatar football official for breakfast in a hotel in Switzerland, just a few days before the controversial decision was made.

It was further alleged that the two men had met 30 to 50 times, as both sat on the decision-making committee for FIFA. 

Since the vote in favour of Qatar, of the 24 members of the executive committee (comex) of FIFA on that date, 16 have been struck off, suspended or remain under investigation.

Platini was banned by FIFA in 2015 along with former president Sepp Blatter for eight years following a verdict from the governing body’s ethics committee.

Both were cleared of corruption charges but found guilty of a series of other breaches including a conflict of interest and dereliction of duty over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m)’disloyal payment’ from Blatter to Platini, the then UEFA president, in 2011.

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