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    Michel Platini questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar

    Michel Platini questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48673461

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    It is understood these will focus on a lunch Platini attended in Paris just days before that hugely controversial vote in 2010, with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence and the Qatari head of state.

    It has long been suspected that the prospect of important bilateral trade deals between the two nations, and the subsequent Qatari takeover of Paris St-Germain may have been used as leverage to get Sarkozy's support.

    Platini has always denied that was why he changed his mind to vote for Qatar (rather than the US).

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    "Platini, 63, was head of European football's governing body until being banned in 2015 for ethics breaches."

    "Officials have been investigating alleged corruption connected to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for the past two years and were reported to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, the former president of world governing body Fifa, in 2017."

    "Platini was banned over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.3m) "disloyal payment" from Blatter, who was also banned from football for his part in the matter. Blatter has also always denied any wrongdoing.

    Platini's eight-year ban was later reduced to four on appeal and will expire in October 2019.

    Qatar's bid team has been previously accused of corruption, but was cleared following a two-year Fifa inquiry.

    However, former Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told BBC Radio 4's PM programme that the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup was a "bizarre" one.

    "I think anyone who was involved in that decision has to be questioned because it was such a bizarre decision," he said.

    "It was against the advice of their own technical committee, who said they didn't think it would be safe - and as we now know they have had to move it to the winter to make it safe. And Qatar didn't meet all sorts of criteria, so it was always a very odd decision.

    "I like Michel Platini. I thought he was a good leader for Uefa and he was a very likeable, charismatic man.

    "In some ways it's sad that this is being dragged up again but if you look at the wider picture of why was that World Cup awarded to Qatar, there are still so many questions to be answered.""

    "Given how much time has now passed since the 2010 vote, and how much has changed at Fifa, there seems no real prospect that this latest development could affect Qatar's status as hosts, even if Platini is charged.

    Fifa's own 2014 internal investigation effectively cleared Qatar of corruption, and stripping it of the event at this stage could leave it open to legal action.

    But yet again it does serve as a reminder of the scandal and suspicion that surrounds the saga of how Qatar won the right to stage the event."
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    WHAT?! Platini might have taken bribes?! NO! THE HORROR, THE SHOCK! Who could have imagined?!
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    Six months after the World Cup was awarded to Qatar, one of the country’s sovereign wealth funds, Qatar Sports Investments, did take over Paris Saint-Germain, which had been in financial difficulties.

    QSI has put huge amounts into the club, buying superstars including Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, won six Ligue 1 titles in the last seven years and become fixtures in the Champions League.

    The Qatari broadcaster beIN immediately also bought the TV rights for Ligue 1 in France and has continued to pay huge money for the French football rights since.

    The chairman of beIN, Nasser al-Khelaifi, is also chairman of QSI and president of PSG.

    France has also further developed lucrative trade links with the wealthy gulf state, notably the 2011 sale of 50 Airbus planes to Qatar Airways.

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