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Platini arrested over Qatar World Cup probe

2019-06-18 HKT 17:16
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  • The French football legend was banned from football for four years for ethics violations in 2015. File photo: AP
    The French football legend was banned from football for four years for ethics violations in 2015. File photo: AP
Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said.

The French football legend elected to lead European football's governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.

Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption.

Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a 2 million Swiss francs (US$2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of Fifa Sepp Blatter. (AFP)