Former European Football Federation president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a corruption investigation into alleged bribe charges relating to FIFA’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The arrest of Platini represents the first public move in an investigation into Qatar decision opened two years ago by France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime.
Platini now becomes the second FIFA official to be detained after African Football Federation (CAF) President Ahmed Ahmed was detained in Paris over corruption charges.
Platini has acknowledged publicly that in November 2010, just a month before the FIFA vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, he had lunch at the Élysée Palace with Sarkozy and Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, now the Prince of Qatar.
Sarkozy, who was seeking huge trade contracts with Qatar, wanted Platini to wield his FIFA vote and influence at UEFA in favor of Qatar for the 2022 tournament, the Guardian reported.