FILE PHOTO: Former UEFA President Michel Platini arrives on the Court docket of Arbitration for Game (CAS) to be heard within the arbitration process involving him and the FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy/Document Photograph
PARIS (Reuters) – Michel Platini, the previous head of Ecu soccer affiliation UEFA, used to be detained for wondering by means of French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the 2022 International Cup football match to Qatar, a judicial supply instructed Reuters.
Platini’s attorney William Bourdon used to be no longer in an instant to be had for remark. The detention of the previous football superstar used to be first reported by means of French investigative website online Mediapart.
France’s nationwide monetary prosecutor’s place of job (PNF), which focuses on investigating financial crimes and corruption, has been main a probe into the awarding of the 2022 match to the Gulf emirate since 2016. It’s having a look into imaginable offences together with personal corruption, conspiracy and affect peddling.
The verdict in December 2010 to award the International Cup to Qatar stunned many given the loss of doable native audiences for the video games, the extraordinarily sizzling summer season climate, and the deficient efficiency of the rustic’s nationwide squad. It’ll be the primary Arab state to host the contest.
Le Monde newspaper reported that prosecutors had been specifically having a look right into a lunch hosted by means of France’s then president, Nicolas Sarkozy, 9 days ahead of the announcement that Qatar would host the cup. Platini and Qatar’s high minister on the time, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, had been visitors on the lunch.
Two of Sarkozy’s aides at the moment, Claude Gueant and Sophie Dion, had been additionally puzzled by means of police on Tuesday, judicial resources showed to Reuters. Dion stays detained with Platini, whilst Gueant has been launched, the resources stated.
Reporting by means of Emmanuel Jarry, Inti Landauro and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Modifying by means of Luke Baker and Hugh Lawson