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Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The former star midfielder for France and Juventus said he found the experience painful given “everything I’ve done” in the sport.
Michel Platini was a winner for club and country on the soccer field, and became one of the sport’s most high-profile administrators off it. His lofty reputation in the so-called “beautiful game” has been tainted by corruption scandals that continue to follow him. Platini was banned from the sport for four years in 2015 for financial misconduct. Now he has been questioned by police as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar’s future Emir.
French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the desert nation of Qatar have taken soccer great Michel Platini into custody for questioning. Platini’s representatives deny any wrongdoing on his part, saying the former top soccer executive has “strictly nothing to reproach himself for.”
France soccer great Michel Platini insists “a little trickery” in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid playing Brazil until the final which it won in Paris. Not so, according to Sepp Blatter, who as FIFA’s then CEO-like general secretary conducted the draw in Marseille in December 1997.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s appeal body on Wednesday, two days before the sport’s ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president.
NYON, Switzerland – All 54 European soccer nations decided Thursday to back Michel Platini while the UEFA president fights to clear his name. Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a payment from soccer’s world governing body.