- 18 Jun 19
The former UEFA boss and French footballing legend was arrested this morning, amid investigations related to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Michel Platini had already faced investigations into his actions as UEFA President.
He had been serving a four-year ban from the sport since 2015, over a $2 million payment he received from FIFA.
According to a spokesperson for the French justice system, Platini has been brought in for questioning but has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
This incident is the latest in dozens of controversies which have surrounded the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar - a small but wealthy Middle Eastern country which has a minimal footballing history.
Concerns have been raised ever since the country was first appointed as hosts in 2010. Qatar beat bids from USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan. This was in spite of the fact that the country's high desert temperatures and undeveloped footballing infrastructure meant that it was widely considered ill-equipped to host an international tournament.
Qatar's bid team has been previously accused of corruption, but was cleared following a two-year internal Fifa inquiry.
Platini - who is a former France midfielder and three-time Ballon d'Or winner - has always denied any wrongdoing.
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