The French police on Tuesday morning arrested a former UEFA president, Michel Platini.

The former French international was arrested in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris and was detained over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini’s arrest was part of the investigation into corruption surrounding how the 2022 World Cup hosting rights were awarded.

The 63-year-old was UEFA president from January 2007 to 2016.


He was banned from football for six years, which was later reduced to four after appealing the sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

The ban expired in March this year, but investigators leading the fight against corruption within football have arrested him as part of the case and looking into how Qatar won the right to host the next World Cup.