Michel Platini has refused claims that he was arrested by a Judicial Police force on Tuesday morning while also maintaining his innocence.
Just hours after being reportedly arrested for his role in the Qatar 2022 World Cup scandal, Michel Platini has vehemently denied all allegations.
The former UEFA president is cooperating with the relevant authorities according to his lawyer. The Frenchman maintains that he was never arrested to begin with. Platini through his lawyer, says that he was being held as a “witness in the context desired by investigators.”
Platini is being questioned about his role in the alleged corrupt dealings that led to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights. He was also alleged to have played a role in helping France win the rights to host the European Championship in 2016.
Platini though, has maintained his innocence. As reported by the Independent, the former Balon d’Or winner has answered all questions that he was asked.
“Michael Platini, after being heard in the same investigation in open court last year, is now questioned under the regime of custody for technical reasons.
“His counsel, Mr William Bourdon, strongly asserts 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 heard, then confronted, cannot confer outside the procedure.
“He has nothing to do to with this event which doesn’t concern him at all and is totally foreign to facts that go beyond him.
“He is absolutely confident about what’s next.”
FIFA on the other hand are going to fully cooperate with French prosecutors but chose not to comment on Platini’s case.
The statement read: “Fifa is aware of today’s press reports concerning Mr Michel Platini. Please understand that since we don’t have all the details about the matter we are not in a position to comment further.
“Generally speaking, Fifa reiterates its full commitment to cooperating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities.”