Published 17:19 June 18, 2019
Updated 17:19 June 18, 2019
Michel Platini placed in custody over FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar bid
An investigation by France’s National Financial Prosecutor in connection to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has led to Michel Platini, the 63-year-old former president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), being taken into custody on Tuesday.
Sophie Dion, a former adviser to ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was also taken into custody in connection to the same investigation “targeting alleged active and passive bribery of anyone not exercising public function”. Claude Gueant, former secretary general of the Élysée, was also auditioned on Tuesday.
Platini, Dion, and Claude Gueant – a former secretary-general at the Élysée – were summoned by the Central Office for Combating Corruption and Financial and Tax Crimes (OCLCIFF). Platini, who is due to be suspended in October by the International Football Federation (FIFA) for violating the Federation’s code of ethics, was initially invited as a witness in the case, but later had to cha his status changed.
After an investigation was launched into the backdoor dealings of how FIFA awarded the world’s biggest sporting event to a tiny Persian Gulf country will little presence on the football pitch, Platini admitted to having voted for Qatar in exchange for $17 million that he later received from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Blatter, himself, was given a lifetime ban from all FIFA-related activities for his role in the scandal.
Due to the Gulf climate, FIFA was forced to move the tournament from early summer to late autumn to avoid the extreme heat of the summer months.
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