Ex-UEFA President Platini Arrested Over Awarding Of 2022 World Cup In Qatar

Ex-UEFA President Platini Arrested

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup.

French legend Platini was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

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According to French publication Mediapart, Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Back in December 2010, Qatar was controversially announced as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, following on from Russia in 2018.

A number of issues have arisen concerning the decision to pick the peninsular Arab country, including human rights concerns and the status of homosexuality among others.

In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam, shortly before casting his vote for Qatar.

Platini was banned by FIFA in 2015 along with former president Sepp Blatter for eight years following a verdict from the governing body's ethics committee.

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Both were cleared of corruption charges but found guilty of a series of other breaches.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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