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French Judge to Handle Qatar 2022 World Cup Inquiry

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Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:03 GMT

An inquiry into suspected corruption in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup hosting to Qatar has been handed to an investigating judge, a French prosecutor said on Monday December 9th.

The French financial crimes prosecutor's office began its inquiry in 2016 to look into the allegations of conspiracy, corruption, and influence over the voting that awarded Qatar the rights to host the prestigious football tournament. 

Six months ago, the former UEFA chief Michel Platini was questioned by French anti-corruption police before a decision was made to hand their findings to a Paris judge. 

World-famous footballer Michael Platini was questioned over his vote in favour of Qatar in December 2010, a choice that caught many observers by surprise. 

Banned from football for four years in 2015 for an ethics violation, Platini has denied any wrongdoing and was released without being charged, according to India Times.  

Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with France and the intervention of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, according to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president at the time.  


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