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Former French Soccer Michel Platini Arrested as Part of 2022 World Cup Corruption Probe

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CAPRIATA D'ORBA, ITALY - MAY 28: Michel Platini during the Fondazione Vialli Mauro ProAm Golf Cup on May 28, 2018 in Capriata d'Orba, Italy. (Photo by Filippo Alfero/Getty Images)

BY RITA UZUH

(PARIS) — Former UEFA president Michel Platini denied wrongdoing throughout police questioning Tuesday following his arrest as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini, a former France Player who grew to become one of soccer’s most powerful directors before being banned from the game, was in custody when summoned to the Judicial Police’s anti-corruption and financial crimes office outside  Paris, a judicial staff informed The Associated Press, confirming a report by an online media publication Mediapart. The reputable spoke on situation of anonymity due to the fact the ongoing investigation could not be discuss in public

The 63-year-old Platini can either be Release or formally charged after questioning ends

“Micheal Platini expresses himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, together with those on the prerequisites for the awarding of the 2016 Euro, and has supplied beneficial explanations,” the assertion said
FIFA stated it is conscious of Platini’s state of affairs but declined to remark in addition on his case. Because of his role as president of UEFA, Platini was once also a FIFA vice president.

 Platini’s communications team said the former France national team captain was placed in custody only for “technical reasons.” His lawyer, William Bourdon, explained that by holding him in custody, police investigators aimed to ensure that Platini and other witnesses couldn’t confer with each other about their testimonies.
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