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Platini detained in Qatar 2022 probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained as part of an investigation into alleged corruption relating to the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, according to reports.

He was taken into custody in Nanterre, Paris, on Tuesday morning and detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.

French police investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

According to French news site Mediapart, the former secretary general of the Elysee, Claude Gueant, has also been taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.

Qatar controversially won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup nearly a decade ago.

Platini, who was UEFA president between 2007 and 2015, is currently serving a four-year ban from football after he was found guilty of receiving a “disloyal payment” from Blatter.

The ban was originally for eight years but has been reduced twice.

Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar as hosts of the 2022 World Cup has been the subject of suspicion for a number of years.

Blatter, who was Fifa president at the time of the vote, claimed Platini had backed out of an agreement to allow the US to host the 2022 tournament.

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