BREAKING: Former UEFA president Michel Platini arrested
BREAKING: Former UEFA president Michel Platini arrested

BREAKING: Former UEFA president Michel Platini arrested

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged corruption relating to the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, according to reports.

According to French investigative outlet Mediapart, the former France international captain was detained by French police on Tuesday morning in Nanterre.

The 63-year-old was Uefa president from January 2007 – when he replaced the late Lennart Johansson – until he stepped down in 2015 after being banned from football for six years, which was later reduced to four after appealing the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

That ban expired in March this year, but investigators leading the fight against corruption within football have arrested him on suspicion of corruption as part of the case looking into how Qatar won the right to host the next World Cup.


Platini was taken into the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) on Tuesday morning for questioning.

He was on the 1998 Fifa World Cup organising committee and joined the Fifa executive committee in 2002 until he received his ban.

Qatar was controversially awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010, which was announced at the same time as Russia winning the right to stage the 2018 tournament.

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