Former Uefa President and French football captain Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in relation to an investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of the Fifa World Cup to Qatar in 2022, according to French investigative website Mediapart.
The 63-year-old, once considered a protege of former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, is being held at a premise belonging to the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police, France’s main anti-corruption task force that serves as an extension of France’s Interior Ministry, the report said.
Platini was elected as the president of Uefa, Europe’s footballing body, in 2007 and he served until 2015. He was banned from the position by Fifa’s Ethics Committee after being found guilty of a series of ethical breaches. He was banned from football for four years following the 2015 football corruption scandal.
He was found to have arranged a $2 million backdated salary payment to Mr Blatter.
In the bidding for the 2022 World Cup, Platini voted for Qatar to host the tournament.