Former UEFA President Michel Platini Retained in Qatar World Cup Testing

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PARIS – Former French soccer star and high-ranking soccer administrator Michel Platini were detained in Paris following an investigation by the French authorities into corruption in the World Cup 2022 to Qatar host rights.

The French financial prosecutors questioned Mr Platini on Tuesday, who was investigating allegations of conspiracy and an influential pilot around the competition since 2016, according to officials who said he was anonymous.

As former leader of the European soccer governing body, UEFA, and former former associate President of FIFA Sepp Blatter, Mr Platini was one of the most powerful men in the game for many years. However, it was prevented from playing any official role in soccer since the worldwide investigations into corruption and ethical abuses at FIFA in 2015.

The ban on Mr Platini, who refused any wrongdoing, was set aside in October.

His first Tuesday morning arrest was reported at the Mediapart website. The authorities kept Sophie Dion, a sports consultant on former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The 2010 lunch at Elysée Palace is a key part of the current investigation by Messrs. Platini and Sarkozy met, Ms Dion and Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani currently nine days before FIFA's presence for the 2022 World Cup.

Mr. Platini, a person of 24 FIFA voters at the time, had previously insisted that a French state head with him to spend his ballot for Qatar.

The small Gulf plane, which had never played its soccer team in the World Cup, departed from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea. This was not just the start of a huge Qatari campaign in global soccer. Its national sports broadcaster BeIN Sport began sweeping up expensive television rights in Europe and bought a hand of a wealthy Qatar sovereign fund of the French Paris Saint-Germain, which Mr Sarkozy counted among his most prominent fans.

As a result of the 2010 World Cup voting results FBI and Swiss police investigation of corruption by FIFA, prosecutions in New York's federal courtrooms and which would bring down many of the most powerful administrators in the game, would continue. Mr Blatter. Of the 24 people in the FIFA Executive Committee room that day, 16 people left their roles, allegedly alleging injustice.

Mr. T Platini was the natural successor of Mr Blatter at FIFA and hoped to run for the organisation's Presidency in 2015. His efforts were eliminated by an alleged conflict of interest linked to the payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($ 2 million) from FIFA. in 2011. Mr Platini acknowledged that he had received the payment but denied that anything was illegal about him. He stated that his funds were his salary from consultancy work he had carried out at FIFA between 1998 and 2002 on an initiation agreement with Mr Blatter. Mr. Platini was approved by the Swiss authorities in 2018.

Write Joshua Robinson at joshua.robinson@wsj.com

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