Michel Platini released from custody in the early hours after Qatar 2022 World Cup corruption interviews
Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Platini said he expected to be interrogated as a witness like he was 18 months ago and that he & # 39; hurt & # 39; when he was taken into custody.
& # 39; It hurts. It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I've done. It hurts, it hurts. But they did their job and then tried to answer all the questions, & he said.
The former star midfielder for France and Juventus said the researchers questioned him about a series of tournaments, including the 2016 European Championship, the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
Michel Platini was released in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned by the police who investigated the 2022 World Cup awarded to Qatar
Platini said he expected him to be interrogated as a witness and that he & # 39; hurt & # 39; when he was taken into custody. His lawyer said he is innocent of all charges
Platini had a hand in deciding where these tournaments would be played as the president of UEFA and as a vice president at FIFA, FIFA.
The researchers also asked about the French club Paris Saint-Germain, which was purchased by Qatar in 2011.
Researchers are expected to be particularly interested in a lunch that Platini attended in 2010 with then President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Emir of Qatar and his Foreign Minister shortly before the 2022 World Cup was awarded.
William Bourdon, Platini's lawyer, said that his client was innocent of all the allegations and that he & # 39; was questioned.
Platini had denied any mistake and the French authorities have not filed a complaint against the former player of France and Juventus.
& # 39; It was a long time, but given the number of questions, it could not have been different & # 39 ;, Platini said after his release.
& # 39; I feel totally strange about all these things. This is an old affair, you know, we explained it. I have always expressed myself in all newspapers with complete transparency. That's it, it goes on, they investigate, they search. & # 39;
Tuesday also questioned Sophie Dion, a sports adviser in the administration of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the presidential palace of Elysee under Sarkozy.
Platini, 63, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning and placed on the grounds of the Anti-Corruption Police Office (OCLCIFF).
THE QUESTIONS AUTHORITIES WANT TO ANSWER
The French national financial bureau (the PNF) thinks it is mainly interested in a lunch that will be organized on November 23, 2010 – 10 days before the presentation of the Soccer World Cup 2022.
The lunches were Platini, then French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the current Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem, then Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar.
Platini has claimed that lunch: & I knew I would vote for Qatar before lunch and I went to speak to Nicolas Sarkozy to tell him. I didn't know the Qataris would be there. & # 39;
He admitted that he first intended to vote for the United States to host the World Cup before he was convinced by Qatar's bid.
Le Monde claim that the PNF also wants to speak to former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, despite having questioned him as a witness in April 2017.
Platini immediately took the phone after he was allowed to leave by the police
PLATINI & # 39; S STATEMENT
& # 39; Michel Platini, who was heard in a public investigation before the court last year, is now being questioned under the custody regime for technical reasons. His counsel, Mr William Bourdon, strongly argues that this is in no way an arrest, but a hearing as a witness in the context desired by the investigators, a framework that prevents all persons being heard and then confronted can enter the proceedings. Michel Platini speaks out serenely and precisely, answers all questions, including those about the conditions for the granting of Euro 2016, and has provided useful explanations. He has nothing to accuse himself of and claims to be totally alien to facts that go beyond him. He has absolute faith in what the future offers. & # 39;
The French legend was elected in 2007 and was president until 2015, when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
In anticipation of the FIFA vote for the Qatar World Cup, Sarkozy organized a lunch in November 2010 which, together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, brought the crown prince of Qatar and now his ruling emir, platini.
Platini has previously claimed that his opinion had been built on his vote before going to the meeting and that he had no idea that the representatives of Qatari would be there.
Al-Thani is also the owner of the French club Paris Saint-Germain and Sarkozy is regularly present at the competitions.
Qatar defeated the long-awaited United States 14 to 8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup.
Platini was asked about a variety of tournaments by French prosecutors in Paris
- WHAT WE KNOW NOW
- The investigation concerns & # 39; private corruption & # 39 ;, & # 39; criminal conspiracy & # 39 ;, & # 39; trade in influence and concealment of influence acts & # 39 ;.
- In 2010, a meeting took place 10 days before the official vote, where former French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Crown Prince of Qatar (and current) Emir since 2013, and Michel Platini, UEFA President and Vice President from FIFA.
- The meeting was reportedly focused on the acquisition of Paris Saint Germain by Qatari, an increase in share ownership in the Lagardere group and the creation of a sports channel – in exchange for a vote.
- Qatar bought PSG in 2011, months after this meeting.
- Laurent Platini (Michel & # 39; s son) was hired by Burrda Sport, supplier of sporting goods from Qatari. He left in 2016.
- & # 39; Neither Sarkozy nor anyone & # 39; told me to vote for Qatar, Platini emphasized in 2014.
- In 2015, Platini admitted that he might have told the Americans that he would vote for them. US were the favorites.
- May 2015: Hotel in Zurich raided and FIFA officials raided at 6 am for suspected corruption. 18 people charged.
- Platini in 2015: & # 39; Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good. & # 39; He went on to say that he felt that there was a subliminal message & # 39; during lunch.
- Blatter, in 2015, claimed that Platini told him: & I am no longer in your picture because the head of state told me to consider the situation in France
A number of issues have arisen regarding the decision to select Qatar, including human rights issues and the status of homosexuality.
In addition, Platini also admitted in 2014 that he had had a secret meeting with the disgraced footballer Mohamed Bin Hammam, shortly before he cast his vote.
A source near the then UEFA chief told it at the time Telegraph that Platini said he had met the football official of Qatar for breakfast at a hotel in Switzerland just a few days before the controversial decision was made.
It was further claimed that the two men had met 30 to 50 times because they were both members of the FIFA decision-making committee.
The 63-year-old approached the media after being released on Wednesday
Since the vote in favor of Qatar, of the 24 members of FIFA's executive committee (at the latest) on that date, 16 have been canceled, suspended or still under investigation.
As the head of UEFA, the European UEFA, Platini was the main representative of the continent on the FIFA committee that chose Qatar.
French prosecutors are known to investigate a series of winning bids for major sporting events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and track and field championships.
Platini was accompanied by his lawyer William Bourdon (left) outside the station in Nanterre
TIMELINE OF CONTROVERSION THAT FIFA HAS PERFORMED
After becoming FIFA President in 1998, Sepp Blatter is looking for elections again four years later, but his campaign has been destroyed by rumors of financial irregularities.
Blatter reveals that Qatar will organize the World Cup 2022.
After rival, Mohammed bin Hammam withdraws from the presidential election amid bribery allegations, Blatter walks unhindered and elected for a fourth term.
The ethics committee of FIFA completes an investigation into allegations of bribery around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awards. Blatter is free of any mistakes.
Fourteen FIFA officers are arrested for & # 39; unbridled and systemic & # 39; allegations of corruption. Blatter is urged to resign even though he is not involved. He is re-elected as FIFA president.
Blatter announces his resignation as president, before the Swiss newspaper Glick claims that he did not actually resign.
Swiss prosecutors open a criminal investigation into him.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini will be banned for 90 days.
The research unit of the FIFA Ethics Committee presents the final case report and asks that UEFA chairman Michel Platini be banned for life.
Blatter and Platini receive an eight-year ban on all football activities from the FIFA Ethics Committee
Gianni Infantino became the ninth FIFA president after he was elected to Zurich and promised a & # 39; new era & # 39; to restore for the management of world football.
Platini resigns as UEFA president after cutting a corruption ban from six to four years at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
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