The former president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Michel Platini has been arrested by the French anti-corruption authorities as part of the investigations over the alleged charges of corruption over Qatar's bid to win the World Cup in 2022.
Platini, 63, was arrested and put intocustody on Tuesday morning as part of Paris-conducted investigations related tothe vote for hosting the 2022 World Cup, which was held in 2010 and Qatar won itsrespective World cup bids.
According to press reports, Platini was transferred to the anti-corruptionoffice of the French judicial police.
Michel Platini, took over the post of the president of the European Football Confederation(UEFA) after being elected in 2007 but was removed from his post in 2015 by adecision from the UEFA's Ethics Committee.
Platini is considered one of the most prominent players in the history ofFrench and international football. He won the Golden Ball award for the bestplayer in Europe three times in 1983, 1984, and 1985.
The French football legend, Platini also led the Italian Juventus club to the Champions League for the first time in 1985, not to mention achieving the first title for France national team in the UEFA .
Qatar's right to host the 2022 WorldCup was accompanied by a lot of controversy about its legitimacy. Former FIFApresident, Joseph Blatter said that Qatar's winning of the World Cup host wasaccompanied by an intervention of the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whoasked Platini to vote and those close to him in favor of the Doha file.
A few weeks ago, the English pressrevealed new documents on this matter, claiming that FIFA had signed secretcontracts with the Qatari TV, Al-Jazeera just days before voting for the Qatarifile.
It's mentioned that Qatar has won thehonor of organizing the 2022 World Cup at the expense of the United States.