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The Daily Bee (June 18th, 2019): Michel Platini arrested in World Cup 2022 investigation

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Could the WC 2022 in Qatar be in trouble?

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Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested on the suspicion of corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini has been taken into custody early Tuesday morning to answer questions about a meeting with then France president Nicolas Sarkozy, Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Hamad Ben Jassem who was the Prime Minister of Qatar at the time. During that meeting in 2010 Platini supposedly promised to help Qatar get the World Cup in return the country bought PSG and made several other deals with France and several French companies not related to football.

The process that led to Russia getting World Cup 2018 and Qatar 2022 has been under scrutiny for several years now and a lot of high ranking officials have already been banned by the FIFA ethics commission. Platini himself is currently banned for three years from all football activities.

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Hosts France won 1:0 against Nigeria and topped group A to advance to the next round. Joining them will be Norway who finished second thanks to a 2:1 victory over South Korea.

In group B Germany finished in first place with their third victory in a row, a 4:0 over South Africa. The German team did not concede a single goal in the group stage. Spain barely beat out China for the second spot thanks to their 0:0 draw and the better goal difference.

Today group C will play their final matchday with Italy facing Brazil and Jamaica vs Australia.

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Defending champions Germany started their tournament yesterday with a convincing 3:1 victory over Denmark. Robert Skov scored a penalty for Denmark but a goal from Luca Waldschmidt and a Marco Richter brace secured the three points for the Germans.

Mo Dahoud played well, he was crucial for Germany’s build up play and was able to dictate the pace of the game. If he could play like this for Dortmund he might end up getting more minutes next season.

As for Jacob Bruun Larsen, he was mostly invisible which was mostly due to Denmark’s inability to create anything on offense.

In the second game of the day Austria beat Serbia 2:0 but lost one of their best players, Hannes Wolf who will join RB Leipzig next season, to a gruesome injury.

Today Romania will take on Croatia and two tournament favorites will face off when England meet France.

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Bayer Leverkusen: Leverkusen continue to bolster they squad. Bayer have acquired Daley Sinkgraven from Ajax Amsterdam for 5€ million. The 23-year-old is primarily a left back but can also play as a left winger.

Union Berlin: The newly promoted side has signed Danish striker Marcus Ingvartsen from KRC Genk for 1.5€ million and central midfielder Robert Andrich from 1.FC Heidenheim.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Frankfurt have found their replacement for Luka Jovic and have signed Dejan Joveljic from Red Star Belgrade for 4€ million. The 19-year-old centre forward is considered one of the most talented teenagers at his position but it will very likely be difficult to replace Jovic’s production.