Michel Platini arrested as part of Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process

Michel Platini has been arrested as part of an investigation to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The former UEFA president is reportedly in custody at the Office anti-corruption judicial police (OCLCIFF) in Nanterres, a suburb of Paris.

Platini served as UEFA president from 26 January 2007 to 14 September 2016 after failing to have a six-year ban from football for ethics breaches overturned

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Platini served as UEFA president from 26 January 2007 to 14 September 2016 after failing to have a six-year ban from football for ethics breaches overturned

The 63-year-old stepped down from his role as head of the governing body in 2016 when he failed to have his six-year ban from football – for ethics breaches relating to £1.35 he received from disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011 – overturned.

It was later reduced to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

That ban is due to expire in October this year, but investigators leading the fight against corruption within football have arrested him as part of the case looking into how Qatar won the right to host the next World Cup.

The former Secretary General of the Elysee under President Nicolas Sarkozy, Claude Gueant, has also been questioned as a ‘free suspect’, according to French investigative website Mediapart.

Platini enjoyed a successful career as a player, representing France 72 times and scoring 41 goals, winning the 1984 European Championship.

He also won two Serie A titles with Juventus, the European Cup and was a three-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Platini later managed the French national team between 1988 and 1992, before embarking on his career as a football administrator.

He was elected as UEFA’s sixth President at the UEFA Ordinary Congress in Dusseldorf on 26 January 2007, succeeding the late Lennart Johansson, and was re-elected twice, in March 2011 and March 2015. He became a FIFA vice-president on his election as UEFA President.

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