Sepp Blatter was interviewed about the 2022 FIFA World Cup vote.© AFP
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was questioned by French anti-corruption police investigating the controversial vote to award the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Blatter, 85, was summoned to appear as a “witness” on Thursday and Friday, French police said, confirming a report in the Le Monde newspaper. The investigation is being led by France’s OCLCIFF anti-corruption unit. Part of its focus is a dinner on 23 November 2019, hosted by then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, two high-ranking Qatari officials, and Michel Platini, then head of UEFA.
Platini is suspected of voting for Qatar at Sarkozy’s request.
Investigators are also looking at a $ 300 million contract with a $ 100 million bonus for FIFA that gives the television rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 one in Qatar to Qatari television station Al-Jazeera, if the tournament goes to Qatar has been awarded.
Blatter’s trial was held at the Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Office in Zurich and was part of the legal process in the Qatar vote opened by France’s National Finance Prosecutor’s Office (PNF).
Blatter was FIFA president between 1998 and 2015 when he was forced to step down and was banned from football for eight years, later reduced to six, due to ethical violations.
Qatar was the surprise choice in the December 2010 FIFA vote for next year’s World Cup.
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