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Michel Platini arrested over decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2022

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Michel Platini has been arrested in France
Michel Platini has been arrested in France (AFP/Getty Images)

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in France over the decision to award Qatar the World Cup in 2022.

The 63-year-old was banned in 2015 for receiving a two million Swiss francs (£1.3m) dishonest payment from FIFA in 2011.

Platini, who denied any wrongdoing, was initially given an eight-year suspension from all football activities but that was later reduced to four years and is due to expire in October 2019.

The Frenchman was banned alongside Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former FIFA president who was head of the world governing body for 17 years.

Michel Platini was initially banned for eight years from all football activity
Platini was initially banned for eight years from all football activity (AFP/Getty Images)

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According to Mediapart, Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the decision to award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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Platini, who served as UEFAs president between 2007 and 2015, was taken to the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) in Paris.

Claude Gueant, the former secretary general under Nicolas Sarkozy, is also being questioned as a free suspect.

Qatar were named as World Cup 2022 hosts after a vote in 2010
Qatar were named as World Cup 2022 hosts after a vote in 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)

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