Michel Platini, the former Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president was on Tuesday arrested and taken for questioning over his role in awarding of Qatar to host the upcoming 2022 World Cup.
It is reported that Platini was taken into custody on yesterday morning as part of the investigation by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police into the rigging of votes to award Qatar the upcoming World Cup.
The 63-year-old was held at a police station in Nanterres, a suburb in the French capital city of Paris but later released after the interrogation
It must be remembered that Qatar was voted to host the World Cup back in 2010 and controversy has surrounded the decision ever since.
The French legend was elected back in 2007 up until 2015, but he was then banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee and this isn’t the first time Platini has been involved in a corruption scandal
Both Platini and Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president were banned for eight years from all football-related activity for ethics violation. Last year, Platini controversially revealed that the 1998 World Cup was fixed so that France and Brazil could only meet in the final.
“France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone,” Platini told radio station France Bleu Sportper Telegraph.
He laughingly added: “There was a little trickery. We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans.”