Platini: Former UEFA President Detained Over Awarding World Cup 2022 to Qatar
Former Uefa president Michel Platini is being questioned by French anti-corruption investigators over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
An investigation into the controversial decision to allow Qatar to host the tournament, despite the Western Asian country’s human rights record and logistical problems posed by the nation’s laws, has led to the former France star being detained by French prosecutors.
Platini, UEFA president from 2007-15, was taken to a cell at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF), in the west suburbs of Paris. The former Juventus and France No.10 faces an investigation into his role and influence over the attribution of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Claude Gueant, the former general secretary of the Elysee Palace under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, will be questioned as a free suspect. It is the first time Platini, 63, has been detained regarding the attribution of the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar controversially won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup nearly a decade ago.
Platini was banned over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.3m) “disloyal payment” from Blatter, who was also banned from football for his part in the matter. Blatter has also always denied any wrongdoing.
Platini has always maintained his innocence in the face of those charges, though, insisting in 2016 that he “committed not the slightest fault” and then saying last May that he was a victim of Blatter trying to pass the blame along.
“In the end, he tried to save his own skin,” Platini told Le Monde in 2018. “Blatter does not defend anyone else, he never defended me. He’s the most selfish person I have seen in my life.
“He always said I would be his last scalp. I know he was fixated on me, to the end, ever since the ‘enough is enough’ comment, even without considering the jealousy he had for the footballer I was.”