Michel Platini detained in 2022 Qatar World Cup corruption probe


Ex- Uefa boss Michel Platini has been reportedly detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup tournament to Qatar.

Back in December 2010 Qatar was controversially revealed as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, following on from Russian Federation in 2018.

The World Cup, normally held over the summer, was moved to winter to avoid the extreme heat in Qatar which can reach highs of 45C (113F).

It comes after Michel Platini was arrested today over the awarding of the tournament, according to reports.

Bin Hammam was banned for life by the Fifa ethics committee in 2011 and while the ban was later rescinded, he was banned for life again only five months later because of conflicts of interest during his term as president of the Asian Football Congress.

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Much intrigue has centered on Platini's decision to vote for Qatar.

Federation Internationale de Football Association decided that Qatar should host the tournament.

The Frenchman was banned alongside Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association president who was head of the world governing body for 17 years.

But Blatter claimed in a 2015 interview with the Financial Times that Platini told him ahead of the World Cup vote: "I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France".

The former France global was initially handed a six-year ban for his breach of regulations, but subsequently had the suspension reduced to four years after a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.