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Former UEFA President Michel Platini Arrested Over Qatar World Cup Corruption Investigation

This is not the first time the French football legend has been implicated in a scandal.

Former UEFA President Michel Platini Arrested Over Qatar World Cup Corruption Investigation

French Football Legend and Ex-UEFA President, Michel Platini, was arrested today by the French anti-corruption police, as part of an investigation regarding the controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The investigation stems from the fact that many have continued to express concern over Qatar as a choice in light of human rights and worker condition violations, as well as the country's unsuitable summer climate, perceived terrorist links and overall lack of infrastructure to host such a large tournament - one that is estimated will cost Qatar $220 billion.

Platini admitted to meeting with the then head of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed bin Hammam, before casting his vote for Qatar, who were announced as hosts in 2010.

This is not the first time the 63 year-old has been entangled in a scandal. In 2015, Platini was implicated in corruption investigation into FIFA and its then president, Sep Blatter. Though both were cleared, they were found guilty of breaching regulations, when it was discovered that Blatter made a secret payment of 2m Swiss Francs to the Frenchman. Platini  was handed a six year ban, which was reduced to five and expired in March this year.


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