Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

The arrest of Platini represents the first substantial public move in an investigation into the Qatar decision opened two years ago by France's Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime.

Platini was taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF), French investigative site Mediapart says.

Platini was on the 1998 Fifa World Cup organising committee, and joined the Fifa executive committee in 2002 until he received his ban.

The decision to award Qatar the tournament was made back in 2010 but a string of controversies has since emerged with both former Federation Internationale de Football Association vice-president Platini and former president Sepp Blatter being arrested in 2015, as part of an investigation into corruption.

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Platini did vote for Qatar, a vote, with others at Uefa, which the then Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter has always said were crucial to sending the tournament to Qatar rather than his preference, the USA.

Many have questioned the decision, raising concerns not only over the vote but also over Qatar's human rights.

Both Platini and Sepp Blatter were banned for eight years from all football-related activity for ethics violations.

The former France worldwide was initially handed a six-year ban for his breach of regulations, but subsequently had the suspension reduced to four years after a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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