Michel Platini
Michel Platini

Michel Platini Released After Questioning In Qatar 2022 World Cup Probe

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former UEFA President, Michel Platini, has been released from custody on Wednesday by French police without charge after questioning.

The French football legend was arrested on Tuesday by French authorities who are investigating alleged corruption during the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini has denied any wrongdoing since the case first sprung up and maintained the same stance during the 15 hours questioning by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police in Paris.

He was released without charge and spoke to the media, following his release.

He said: "I have always been serene because I feel totally foreign to any of these matters.

"This is an old case, you know it, we explained it. I have always expressed myself with full transparency in all the newspapers. That's it, it goes on, they investigate, they search.

"I was supposed to arrive as a free auditor, I arrived and was immediately taken into custody. It hurts everything I can think of, everything I've done, it hurts.

"But after all, they did their job and then we tried to answer all the questions."

The decision to award the right to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010 came as a shock to many, with the US considered as the strong favorite during the bidding process.

Platini was one of those who gave the deciding vote to Qatar while he was European football's top representative on FIFA's executive committee thanks to his role as President of UEFA back then.

The 63-year-old was accused of switching his support from the US to Qatar after he attended a meeting hosted by then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the current Qatari Emir, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

The Frenchman who admitted he "might have told" US officials he would support their bid, however, denied that it was that meeting that influenced his decision to back Qatar.

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