After CAF’s President, Former UEFA President Michel Platini Has Also Been Arrested for Corruption

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Former UEFA President and football legend Michel Platini has been arrested by police in France.

Platini has been arrested on corruption charges in regard to the award of the 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar to host.

Platini was a member of the 24-man Fifa Executive Committee which cast the controversial vote for Qatar to host the tournament. The Gulf country beat the United States to the hosting rights despite a controversial bid.

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Platini is accused of having accepted bribes and favours from officials of Qatar to cast his vote for them. He admitted during a Fifa ethics investigation in 2014 to holding a secret meeting with a disgraced Qatari official before changing his vote.

Platini was cleared of corruption charges in that Fifa investigation but French authorities have now arrested him in relation to an extension of the investigation.

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His arrest comes a few weeks after CAF President Ahmad Ahmad was arrested on separate corruption charges, also in France.

He has since been released.

Source: GhanaCelebrities.Com


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