Former UEFA president Platini was detained for questioning by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the small Gulf state.
Platini, who has never denied voting for Qatar but has always rejected any claims of wrongdoing, was detained in a suburb of Paris on Tuesday morning.
“Since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup, there has been nothing but controversy around why Qatar were selected as hosts and following this latest development, the betting suggests there is a strong chance they could now be stripped of the tournament,” said Coral’s John Hill.“If a new host is required, England are likely to be one of the favourites as they are one of the few countries who could hold the tournament at short notice with their infrastructure and transport.”
The Parquet National Financier has been investigating the December 2010 decision to stage football’s biggest tournament in the wealthy Qatar since 2016.
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Qatar beat bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in a vote by the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA, but more than half of that 22-man panel have now been accused of receiving bribes.
Platini was head of European football’s governing body until 2015 when he was handed an eight-year ban over ethics breaches that was later reduced to four years on appeal.
The ban expires this October and he has previously suggested he intends to return to football politics.
Qatar and Japan are at the Copa America this summer to mix it with South America’s best.
It is Japan’s second appearance at the tournament, while Qatar are making their debut in Brazil but why are they there? Here talkSPORT reveals all.
Why are Qatar and Japan playing in the Copa America?
As CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, only has ten members, they invite additional countries to create a workable tournament structure.
Initially, six extra teams – three from North America and three from Asia – were set to be invited in order to create a 16-team tournament, as was the case for the 2016 competition in the United States.
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But instead, in May 2018, CONMEBOL decided the tournament should follow the structure of all other competitions since 1993 and have 12 teams, with Qatar and Japan those invited.
North American teams have previously been invited but that hasn’t been the case this year due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Did Qatar and Japan qualify through the Asian Cup?
No. Qatar did beat Japan 3-1 in the 2019 Asian Cup final, but it is a complete coincidence that they also happen to have been invited to the Copa America.
Who will Qatar and Japan play?
Qatar, who host the 2022 World Cup, have a tough Group B to contend with, being drawn against Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay.
Japan, meanwhile, have been drawn in Group C alongside Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador.
The statement read: “FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries. Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process… it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.”
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It added that there was also not enough time for Qatar itself to assess the potential impact of hosting an expanded tournament.
The four-year countdown to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has officially begun.
It will be the first time a World Cup is not held in June and July due to the sweltering temperatures.
Starting on November 21 and finishing on December 18, £1.5 million football fans are expected to visit Qatar, the first Arab state to host the tournament.
Having a Winter World Cup has been controversial along with allegations of bribery in the selection process involving members of Fifa’s Executive Committee, a British worker falling to his death and other employees being left unpaid.
The World Cup will be played in eight stadiums across Qatar. Here, talkSPORT brings you the latest pictures of each stadium.
Khalifa International Stadium
Capacity – 40,000
Location – Doha
This is the only World Cup stadium that’s been built. It opened for the first time in May 2017 when hosting the Emir Cup final.
The stadium has previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup.
British worker Zac Cox, 40, died in January 2017 after falling from 40 ft when a catwalk he was helping to install collapsed.
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