Michel Platini arrested following investigation into 2022 World Cup being awarded to Qatar
The former UEFA President was taken into custody in France on Tuesday morning, according to French site Mediapart.Platini served as president for eight years before being banned from all football activity by the FIFA Ethics Committee in 2015.The French football legend was banned Platini along with FIFA's then-president Sepp Blatter for breaching ethics rules. It related to a payment of 2m Swiss Francs Blatter made to the Frenchman in 2011.This morning Platini is said to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).
Qatar was won the race to host the 2022 World Cup eight years ago but the award has been mired in controversy over the timing of the event.Allegations of corruption within FIFA raised questions over the legitimacy of the bid from Qatar.Former vice-president Jack Warner claimed an e-mail had been publicised amid allegations Qatar had 'bought' the World Cup - although the bid team have denied any wrongdoing.Platini was crowned Ballon d'Or winner three times in a row between 1983 and 1985 in a glittering playing career.The Frenchman made his name with Nancy and also enjoyed spells with Saint-Etienne and Juventus.
He also won the European Championships in 1984 with France.Qatar was named as the hosts of the World Cup in December 2010 but there have been a number of controversies regarding their suitability since.There have also been issues regarding migrant workers' rights in the Gulf State.It is estimated that up to 4,000 may die before the start of the tournament.The report also claims that Claude Gueant, who formerly advised ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy as Secretary General, has been taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.