Analysis: Platini's detention casts fresh light on France’s controversial Qatar relationship 

18 June 2019

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Photo: Getty Images World Cup 2022 unlikely to be called into question despite detention of Platini.

World Cup 2022 unlikely to be called into question despite detention of Platini.

Links between Michel Platini and Qatar have raised eyebrows for years.

Former French President Sarkozy likely to be main target of investigators.

Michel Platini’s legal team said on Tuesday he was innocent of all charges.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

It was an ill fated lunch in Paris on 23 November 2010 that allegedly stands at the centre of today’s detention of the former UEFA President, Michel Platini.

Nine days before the vote to decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, contests which brought together nine bidders, including England, Russia, the US, Qatar and Korea,  Platini – known as Le Roi by a generation of fans who grew up enraptured by his football – was summoned to Paris’s Elysee Palace by the then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. 

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