Former UEFA President Michel Platini arrested in investigation on awarding of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

The Former Uefa President who  also a Fifa vice president and had a vote on World Cup hosts. Michel Platini has been arrested over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The nations’s financial prosecutor opened the investigation on the grounds of private corruption, criminal association, influence peddling and benefiting from influence peddling relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively

Though the French football captain Michel Platini has denied any wrongdoing following his arrest on Tuesday into a corruption probe surrounding the awarding of the Fifa World Cup to Qatar in 2022.

French financial prosecutors have been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and previously questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

His lawyer, William Bourdon, said the former Juventus playmaker was also questioned as a witness and placed in custody only for “technical reasons.”

Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy when he was French president, was also arrested.

In 2014 Platini admitted holding a secret meeting with the disgraced football official Mohamed Bin Hammam, shortly before casting his vote for Qatar.

Platini was elected president of Uefa, Europe’s footballing body, in 2007 and served until 2015.

He was banned from the position by Fifa’s Ethics Committee after being found guilty of a series of ethical breaches.