Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

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Former UEFA president and French football legend Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

The 63-year-old is being held as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

He was taken into custody in Nanterre, Paris, on Tuesday morning and detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.

French police investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

According to French news site Mediapart, the former secretary general of the Elysee, Claude Gueant, has also been taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.

On Tuesday, FIFA said it was “concerning” to hear about Platini’s arrest and reiterated its “full commitment to cooperating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities”.

It follows Qatar controversially winning the rights to host the 2022 World Cup nearly a decade ago.




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