Michel Platini Arrested Over Decision To Award Qatar the World Cup in 2022

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in France over the decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2022. The 63-year-old was banned in 2015 for receiving a two million Swiss francs (£1.3m) ‘dishonest payment’ from FIFA in 2011. Platini, who denied any wrongdoing, was initially given an eight-year suspension from all football activities but that was later reduced to four years and is due to expire in October 2019. The Frenchman was banned alongside Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former FIFA president who was head of the world governing body for 17 years.


According to Mediapart, Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the decision to award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who served as UEFA’s president between 2007 and 2015, was taken to the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) in Paris. Claude Gueant, the former secretary general under Nicolas Sarkozy, is also being questioned as a ‘free suspect’.

In December 2010, Qatar was controversially named as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International has reported that Qatar’s migrant workers have been subjected to ‘exploitation and abuse’ with nearly two million people brought in to work on stadiums and infrastructure. The tournament will also be played December 2022 as the heat during Qatar’s summer months is dangerous for the players.

In December 2010, Qatar was controversially named as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International has reported that Qatar’s migrant workers have been subjected to ‘exploitation and abuse’ with nearly two million people brought in to work on stadiums and infrastructure. The tournament will also be played December 2022 as the heat during Qatar’s summer months is dangerous for the players.

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He is a Senior Lecturer in a Nigerian University.

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