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Platini probe included Euro 2016 questions

Michel Platini confirmed today (Wednesday) that he was questioned by police on a number of matters aside from the award of the 2022 Fifa World Cup to Qatar, including the award of the Uefa Euro 2016 tournament to France.

In a statement issued following his release in the early hours of this morning, Platini said that anti-corruption investigators in his native France had questioned him about the “2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint-Germain and Fifa”.

Platini added: “It hurts for everything I can think of [and] everything I’ve done, but after all, they did their job and then we tried to answer all the questions.”

Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said: “Michel Platini, after being heard in the same investigation in open court last year, is now questioned under the regime of custody for technical reasons. This was in no way an arrest, but a hearing as a witness in the context desired by the investigators.

“Michel Platini expressed himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, including those on the conditions of the award of Euro 2016, and has provided useful explanations.

“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.”

Sophie Dion, who served as an adviser for former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s ex-chief of staff, were also questioned.

Platini served as president of Uefa, football’s European governing body, from 2007 to 2015 and was for many years considered to be the natural successor to Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

However, both were banned from football for eight years after a “disloyal payment” from Blatter to Platini in 2011 was uncovered.

Platini’s suspension, which was reduced to four years on appeal, will expire this October.