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Former UEFA President, Platini, Arrested As Part Of Qatar 2022 World Cup Probe

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former UEFA president, Michel Platini, has been arrested by the police over allegations of corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to Qatar.

The 63-year-old was held by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) over the controversial vote which handed the 2022 World Cup to Qatar while he was part of the FIFA tournament organising committee.

Platini was arrested in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, in the early hours of Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption during the bidding process, which saw Qatar emerge as shock winners to stage the game’s biggest tournament.

This arrest comes five years after several reports disclosed that Platini held meetings with the disgraced former Asian football official, Mohammed Bin Hammam, before the vote.

Platini was head of UEFA for eight years between January 2007 and 2015 when he stepped down after he was banned from football for eight years over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.3m) "disloyal payment" in 2011 from the then FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, who was also banned from football for his part in the matter.

Former UEFA President, Platini, Arrested As Part Of Qatar 2022 World Cup Probe

The ban was later reduced to four after appealing the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

French media outlet Mediapart reports that two aides (Claude Gueant and Sophie Dion) of former France president at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy, were also questioned by police on Tuesday.

Although Gueant has been released, Dion remains detained, along with Platini.

The French football legend has always insisted he knew he would vote for Qatar prior to that meeting and denies any wrongdoing.

It's left to be seen what the outcome of this investigation which has lasted for many years would be.