PARIS (AP) – Former UEFA President Michel Platini was arrested at Qatar in connection with a corruption investigation in connection with the awarding of the 2022 World Cup, a justice official said Tuesday.
Confirmation of a report by online newsmagazine Mediapart, the official said Platini had been arrested on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Platini, a former French professional footballer, was arrested at the Anticorruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.
Also Imprisoned Sophie Dion was interviewed on Tuesday, a former sports advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was French President, the Justice said. Claude Gueant, the former Secretary-General of the Elysee under Sarkozy, was questioned by investigators as a witness and not detained.
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Platini's decision to vote for Qatar has sparked much excitement.
Blatter, who was FIFA President at the time of the vote in 2010, blamed Platini for the resignation of a secret "gentleman's agreement" to award the 2022 tournament to the United States.
Platini told the AP in 2015 that he "could have said" to American officials that he would vote for the United States offer. However, after a meeting in November 2010, which hosted then President Nicolas Sarkozy in his office in Paris and the Crown Prince of Qatar, today's Emir, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani, but he changed his mind.
Platini insisted long after that the meeting took place did not affect his election for Qatar less than two weeks later.
"Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015.
But Blatter claimed in an interview with the Financial Times 2015, Platini told him before the World Cup vote, "I am no longer in your picture because the Head of State told me to consider the situation in France."
Both Platini and Blatter were at the forefront of power in 2015 Football crashed. Platini has been suspended by FIFA for financial misconduct related to a Blatter-approved payment of $ 2 million, a suspension expected to expire in October.
Qatar's Methods to Bring the World Cup to The Middle East was first investigated by FIFA. US Attorney Michael Garcia noted that some of Qatar's practices "may not have met FIFA's standards," but concluded that there was "no evidence of inadmissible bidder activity".
AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris from Nice, France contributed to this report.
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