Tuesday June 18 2019
Platini denies corruption links

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has pleaded his innocence after being implicated in possible corruption over Qatar’s awarding of the World Cup.

Platini was detained by French police on Tuesday morning, as part of an investigation into how Qatar were given the 2022 World Cup.

However, the Juventus legend responded in a statement: “Michel Platini, after being heard in the same investigation in open court last year, is now questioned under the regime of custody for technical reasons.

“His counsel, Mr William Bourdon, strongly asserts that this is in no way an arrest, but a hearing as a witness in the context desired by the investigators, a framework that prevents all persons heard, then confronted, cannot confer outside the procedure.

“Michel Platini expresses himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, including those on the conditions for the awarding of Euro 2016, and has provided useful explanations.

“He has nothing to reproach himself with and claims to be totally foreign to facts the go beyond him.

“He is absolutely confident about what’s next.”

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