Former UEFA leader Michel Platini, who was banned, was held for questioning Tuesday on a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The French football legend, which ran the governing body of European football from 2007 to 2015, was detained by the French anti-corruption police, who investigated the allegation of corruption in the vote held in 2010 to give Qatar the competition.
Platini, 63, was detained and interrogated in Nanterre in the suburbs of western Paris. He refused to make a mistake, and a statement from his representatives said that the facts of the case were unknown to him ”.The decision to designate Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup triggered allegations of corruption that resulted in the worst scandal of FIFA.
France’s Office for the Financial Crimes Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) launched a preliminary investigation into the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as allegations of corruption, conspiracy, and collisions surrounding the Qatar vote.
At that time, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Qatar won the right to host as a result of an agreement with France, by removing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” that the rights of the host would go to Russia in 2018 and then be sent to the US for four years. The French investigation centers are allegedly linked to Platini and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
According to France Football magazine, on November 23, 2010, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Qatar’s then-crowned prince, Sarkozy, and now the then UEFA president and vice president of FIFA. Less than a week later, FIFA decided to grant Qatar the right to host the 2022 tournament.
Platini denied Blatter’s allegations of “the fabric of lies,” and denied that he was impressed by Sarkozy, a sports consultant Sophie Dion, who was held for questioning with the former French captain on Tuesday.
Platini’s representatives said: “He did absolutely nothing wrong and confirmed that he was completely irrelevant to the facts (circumstances) unknown to him.”Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, denied that the three Ballon d’Or winners were arrested by the police, saying they were questioned as witnesses.
Sarkozy’s former chief of staff and former interior minister, Claude Gueant, was called by the French Judicial Police’s Anti-Corruption Office for questioning Tuesday. The decision to win the highest profile tournament in Qatar football led to a wider fraud investigation that ultimately led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of a number of FIFA figures.
Platini led UEFA to ban banned football for ethical violations for four years, including receiving two million Swiss francs ($ 2 million)from Blatter, which was suspended for six years.
Qatar was accused of voting for the staging of the World Cup, and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia revealed a series of suspicious financial deals, many of which were linked to the former president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell. Train.
Platini was expected to succeed Blatter as president of FIFA in 2016 before he fell from grace. Since then he’s been fighting to erase his name.