Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Former UEFA president Michel Platini questioned by police over awarding of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been questioned by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

French publication Mediapart claim Platini was held on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

The 63-year-old former Juventus midfielder and France captain - who won the Ballon d'Or three times in succession in the 1980s - was president of UEFA between 2007 and 2015, before he was banned by Fifa's Ethics Committee.

Qatar was controversially revealed as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup back in December 2010.

Platini is currently serving a four-year ban from involvement in football - reduced twice from an original eight-year sanction - after he was found guilty of receiving a "disloyal payment" from then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter.