Investigators in France detained Michel Platini, the former president of European soccer federation.
To question him about the awarding of the 2022 men’s World Cup to Qatar.
A decision made almost a decade ago that continues to roil the sport.
Michel Platini, 63, played 72 times for France and was the president of UEFA from 2007 to 2015.
His tenure as UEFA president ended in disgrace:
He given a four-year ban from football after he was found guilty of receiving a “disloyal payment” from ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Qatar controversially awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010—during Platini’s time as UEFA president
After it beat a bid from the United States, which came narrowly behind in second place.
A spokesman for Platini, citing his lawyer William Bourdon,
said that :
Platini was not under arrest but was being heard as a witness.
In a statement, the spokesman said that other matters had also been under discussion,
Including the awarding of the 2016 European soccer championship to France.
A decision made while Platini was in charge of the sport on the continent as UEFA president.
Platini barred from soccer for four years in 2015 after an investigation into a payment of 2 million Swiss francs, or about $2 million.
The 2010 vote on the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup, which granted to Russia, and the 2022 edition.
French investigators have been looking into accusations of corruption connected to bids for the two World Cups for about three years and have spoken to other officials, including Blatter.
Where the authorities revealed little since they removed troves of data from the Zurich headquarters of FIFA in 2015.
More than half of the 22 FIFA administrators involved in
- final vote for those World Cup venues faced accusations of wrongdoing
- many subsequently received bans from soccer
Source : NY Times