Former UEFA president arrested over giving World Cup to Qatar

Former UEFA president arrested over giving World Cup to Qatar

Michel Plantini, the former president of UEFA and head of European football, has been taken into custody over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

France's Mediapart claim that Platini was arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar. He was allegedly taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF)

The 63-year-old was the president of UEFA between 2007 and 2015, before he was banned by the Fifa Ethics Committee.

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Platani is currently serving a four-year ban from football - which is due to end in October of this year - after he was found guilty of receiving a "disloyal payment" from ex-Fifa president, Sepp Blatter.

Qatar was named as the host of the 2020 World Cup back in December of 2010, however, there have been doubts regarding their suitability.

The former Juventus midfielder and France captain was also co-president of the organising committee at France 98, and recently admitted that the group allocations for seeded teams were made with a "dream" final in mind.

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