The former president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Michel Platini has been arrested by the French anti-corruption authorities as part of the investigations over the alleged charges of corruption over Qatar’s bid to win the World Cup in 2022.
Platini, 63, was arrested and put into custody on Tuesday morning as part of Paris-conducted investigations related to the vote for hosting the 2022 World Cup, which was held in 2010 and Qatar won its respective World cup bids.
According to press reports, Platini was transferred to the anti-corruption office of the French judicial police.
Michel Platini, took over the post of the president of the European Football Confederation (UEFA) after being elected in 2007 but was removed from his post in 2015 by a decision from the UEFA’s Ethics Committee.
Platini is considered one of the most prominent players in the history of French and international football. He won the Golden Ball award for the best player in Europe three times in 1983, 1984, and 1985.
The French football legend, Platini also led the Italian Juventus club to the Champions League for the first time in 1985, not to mention achieving the first title for France national team in the UEFA .
Qatar’s right to host the 2022 World Cup was accompanied by a lot of controversy about its legitimacy. Former FIFA president, Joseph Blatter said that Qatar’s winning of the World Cup host was accompanied by an intervention of the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who asked Platini to vote and those close to him in favor of the Doha file.
A few weeks ago, the English press revealed new documents on this matter, claiming that FIFA had signed secret contracts with the Qatari TV, Al-Jazeera just days before voting for the Qatari file.
It’s mentioned that Qatar has won the honor of organizing the 2022 World Cup at the expense of the United States.