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MICHEL PLATINI ARRESTED AMID QATAR WORLD CUP INVESTIGATION

Former UEFA President, Michel Platini has been arrested amid an investigation into the awarding of the next World Cup to Qatar.

The former UEFA President was taken into custody in France on Tuesday morning, according to French site Mediapart.

Platini served as president for eight years before being banned from all football activity by the FIFA Ethics Committee in 2015.

The French football legend was banned Platini along with FIFA ‘s then-president Sepp Blatter for breaching ethics rules. It related to a payment of 2m Swiss Francs Blatter made to the Frenchman in 2011.

This morning Platini is said to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Qatar was won the race to host the 2022 World Cup eight years ago but the award has been mired in controversy over the timing of the event. Allegations of corruption within FIFA raised questions over the legitimacy of the bid from Qatar.

Former vice-president Jack Warner claimed an e-mail had been publicized amid allegations Qatar had ‘bought’ the World Cup – although the bid team have denied any wrongdoing.

Platini continues to deny any wrongdoing and is taking legal action over defamation and false accusation.

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