French prosecutor considering Qatar 2022 World Cup investigation

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PARIS   – French financial authorities are considering investigating how Qatar was awarded the 2022 soccer , financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said on Sunday.

“We are thinking about it, we have several elements encourage us to investigate,” Houlette told French radio Europe 1.

The financial prosecutors can investigate if they have reasons to believe French nationals are involved a case or if unlawful acts related to it were committed France.

UEFA president Michel Platini, banished from the sport for violations, could be a person of interest.

“If there is an , Mr Platini’s role will be crucial but the would focus on Mr Platini,” said Houlette.

Platini was banned for four years over a payment of Swiss francs ($2.08 ) made to him by FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s approval 2011 for consultancy services provided a decade earlier.(Reuters)