Former UEFA president Michel Platini arrested in France for awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in France over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in December 2010.

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The 63-year-old who was elected as UEFA president in 2007 was subsequently banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for a number of breaches in 2015.

According to the French media, the former UEFA president was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, June 18, as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to the oil-rich nation, Qatar.

Information reaching us suggests that Michel Platini was taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Quite a number of controversies arose including allegations of corruption and bribery within FIFA top-ranked officials when Qatar was named as the hosts of the 2022 world cup.

Ten of the 22-man FIFA executive committee who voted on the host nations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have been banned or serving a ban for corruption breaches.

The World Cup for the first time was later moved to the winter because of the intensity of the heat during the summer in the Gulf region.

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