by Tom Conn | Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013
Television network, Al-Jazeera have revealed that FIFA have refuted comments made by several players that there were irregularities in the Ballon d’Or voting, which led to Barcelona forward, Leo Messi benefiting from votes that should have gone to other players.
Czech national team captain, Tomas Rosicky and Brazilian national team captain, Thiago Silva both came out and declared that they had not voted for Messi as number one, as the final tally which was shared with the public suggested, and claim that FIFA changed their voted to award Messi with a greater percentage of votes.
Rosicky has been the most outspoken stating, “I voted for Balotelli, but FIFA gave my vote to Messi,” while Silva has similar statements, admitting he too voted for Balotelli, “I gave my vote to Balotelli, but according to FIFA, I give it to Messi. It’s very sad.”
FIFA has since responded to the allegation, refuting all misdoing and have opened an investigation into the matter, while simultaneously reassuring the public that all votes were accurately accounted for.
“It’s a false rumour. We have been warned about what happened in Italy and the Czech Republic. We have made the necessary checks and can confirm that what was published after the Ballon d’Or ceremony is perfectly correct, and are the correct documents. Everyone is free to interpret, while some do not remember who they voted for…”