Former UEFA president, Michel Platini has been arrested over a criminal investigation into alleged corruption relating to Fifa’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
French daily Le Monde report that Platini has been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).
The arrest of Platini represents the first substantial public move in an investigation into the Qatar decision opened two years ago by France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime.
Platini has acknowledged publicly that in November 2010, just a month before the Fifa vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, he had lunch at the Élysée Palace with Sarkozy and Tamim Al-Thani, now the emir of Qatar.
It was made clear, he has said, that Sarkozy, who was seeking huge trade contracts with Qatar, wanted Platini to wield his Fifa vote and influence at Uefa in favour of Qatar for the 2022 tournament.