Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Police detain ex-UEFA president Platini over Qatar World Cup bid

Police detain ex-UEFA president Platini over Qatar World Cup bid

The report also says that Claude Gueant, who formerly advised ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy as Secretary General, has also been taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.

Platini, who was UEFA president between 2007 and 2015, is now serving a four-year ban from football after he was found guilty of receiving a "disloyal payment" from Blatter.

The French football icon was detained on Tuesday morning and was taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Platini has always maintained his innocence in the face of those charges, though, insisting in 2016 that he "committed not the slightest fault" and then saying last May that he was a victim of Blatter trying to pass the blame along. After this publication, Platini threatened to sue France Football. He won three straight Ballon d'Or titles as the best player in Europe while playing for Juventus from 1983-85.

The ex-UEFA president said in 2015 he "might have told" USA officials he would vote for the United States bid.

In June 2014, some British media reports said that before the vote on the 2022 World Cup host, Platini had held a secret meeting with former President of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed bin Hammam, who reportedly paid $5 mln to get support for Qatar's bid.

Much intrigue has centred on Mr Platini's decision to vote for Qatar.

Platini had previously admitted that Sarkozy wanted him to influence a vote for Qatar but he denied that Sarkozy had anything to do with him voting for Qatar as a World Cup site.

Qatar has been under investigation for its methods in how it was able to land the World Cup.

American attorney Michael Garcia found that some of Qatar's conduct "may not have met the standards" required by Federation Internationale de Football Association but concluded there was no "evidence of any improper activity by the bid team".

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