Ex-UEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

June 18, 2019 - 17:29
Former UEFA president and French football star Michel Platini arrested amid investigation into award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar.


Michel Platini. — Photo sky.com

PARIS — Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said.

The French football legend elected to lead European football's governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.

Qatar was named ro host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption.

Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8  million euros, US$2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter. — AFP