Upon leaving the police station later, Platini, who led UEFA, the sport’s European governing body between 2007-2015, told reporters: “I came here freely and they immediately put me in custody … It hurts, it hurts for everyone I can think of, everything I did, it hurts, it hurts.
“I have always been serene because I feel foreign to any type of business,” he added.
“It’s an old case, you know, we’ve explained it, I’ve always expressed myself in full transparency in all the newspapers, and that’s it and it’s going on, we’re doing investigations, they’re looking … That’s it. “
Platini, a three-time Ballon d’Or winner and star player of the France team which won the 1984 European Championship finals, has always denied any wrongdoing.
Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, told reporters he believed the case against his client was now closed.
“A lot of noise about nothing,” Bourdon told reporters after Tuesday’s events.
“During a very long hearing Michel Platini delivered his testimony in a sincere way and a precise way in response to all the questions that were put to him.
“We do not consider in any way that Michel Platini can be considered a suspect in anything, no more yesterday, than today, than tomorrow. So for us the case is closed.”
The ensuing scandal led to investigations being opened in several countries.
But calls to move the competition to a different country have so far been rebuffed. The tournament — the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East — is set to take place between 21 November and 18 December 2022, in eight locations in Qatar.
In a statement sent to CNN on Tuesday, Platini’s agent Jean-Christophe Alquier said the ex-official “has absolutely nothing to reproach himself for and affirms to be a complete stranger to all facts which are beyond his understanding.”
He added: “Michel Platini has spoken serenely and precisely, responded to all questions including those regarding the conditions of rewarding the EURO 2016, and has given useful explanations.”
Platini was quizzed on issues relating to the award of the 2022 World Cup, according to the French prosecutor, though Alquier’s statement suggests the 2016 tournament in France was also raised.
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