NEWS
Tuesday June 18 2019
Platini taken into custody

Former UEFA President Michel Platini has been placed in police custody for his role in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar - but not arrested.

It was reported on Tuesday morning that Platini had been detained by French police as part of a corruption investigation into the bidding process for the next World Cup.

However, a spokesperson later clarified to CNN that he was only brought in for questioning and not charged with a crime.

The 63-year-old was UEFA President between 2007 and 2015 but was forced to step down after he was banned from all football-related activities by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

The decision to give Qatar hosting duties for the 2022 World Cup has been marred by controversy over the country’s human-rights record, stance on homosexuality and the integrity of its bid.

Platini is considered one of Juventus’ all-time greats, with 103 goals in 222 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning two Scudetti and a European Cup.

The Frenchman previously admitted to holding a secret meeting with disgraced official Mohamed bin Hammam shortly before casting his vote for Qatar.

He also revealed last year how he used ‘a little trickery’ to ensure France did not meet Brazil until the Final of the 1998 World Cup.

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