Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president, Michel Platini has been detained by French authorities as part of an on-going anti-corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Platini, 63, was head of European football’s governing body until being banned in 2015 for ethics breaches.

Platini, 63, served as Uefa president from 2007 until he was banned from football for ethics violations in 2015. The vote to select Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup took place on 2 December 2010.

The decision to host the World Cup in Qatar has drawn widespread criticism from the media.

The former France midfielder denies any wrongdoing but is currently being held for questioning in Paris.

Platini’s legal team said their client has “expressed himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, including those on the conditions for the awarding of Euro 2016, and has provided useful explanations”.

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter was also questioned by the same anti-corruption team in 2017. Platini was banned from football for four years in 2015 after allegedly receiving a £1.3m payment from Blatter.

The Qatar 2022 campaign was previously cleared of any corruption charges by a two-year Fifa investigation.

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