In June 2014, some British media reports said that before the vote on the 2022 World Cup host, Platini had held a secret meeting with former President of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed bin Hammam, who reportedly paid $5 mln to get support for Qatar's bid. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
The fact that he was a legend of the French National team influenced the fact that he presented himself "freely", although "I was immediately taken into custody".
"But after all, they did their job and then we tried to answer all the questions".
"His counsel, Mr William Bourdon, strongly asserts that this is in no way an arrest, but a hearing as a witness in the context desired by the investigators, a framework that prevents all persons heard, then confronted, can not confer outside the procedure".
Also detained Tuesday was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser in Sarkozy's administration, the judicial official said.
Platini then became part of UEFA, European soccer's governing body, first as a member of its executive committee and then as its leader after defeating incumbent Lennart Johansson in a presidential vote in 2007.
Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar.
"I replied to all the questions calmly, while still not knowing why I was there", he added.
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Qatar beat the long-favoured United States 14 to 8 when Federation Internationale de Football Association selected the host country for the 2022 tournament.
A FIFA spokesperson said: "FIFA reiterates its full commitment to co-operating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities".
Platini is one of France's most famous sportsmen and soccer stars. Playing for "the Old Lady", he won the league title twice and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984.
As a player in the 1970s and 1980s, Platini was a prolific striker, mainly for Saint-Etienne in France and Juventus in Italy.
Platini, who has never denied voting for Qatar but has always rejected any claims of wrongdoing, was detained in a suburb of Paris on Tuesday morning.