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Blatter insists Sarkozy, Platini awarded World Cup 2022 to Qatar

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted that ex-France president Nicolas Sarkozy, and former UEFA’s president Michel Platini, have influenced the 2022 World Cup bidding process in favour of Qatar.

"Qatar won thanks to the intervention of high-level politicians in France. That's known and proven ... yes, Sarkozy on Michel Platini," Blatter said in an interview with BFM Sport.

He added "This theme is known, it was developed by the French justice system. They came to Switzerland and asked me about this subject. Of course, I helped them. We're not putting in doubt that there was influence over the attribution of the World Cup."

Sarkozy was French president between 2007 and 2012. Michel Platini cast his vote in favor of the Qatar but said Sarkozy had not requested him.

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