MICHEL Platini, the former president of UEFA, has been arrested in a suburb of Paris as part of the investigation into possible corruption surrounding the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The 63-year-old was detained by the French authorities in Nanterre on Tuesday morning and served as the head of European football between 2007 and 2016.

The ex-France captain, who counts Juventus among his former clubs, stepped down and was subsequently banned from football for four years.


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That ban expired earlier this year, and now Platini has been arrested as officials investigate why the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, with accusations of corruption dogging the decision.