Lionel Messi

FIFA has promised to take action, really should there have been any case of wrongdoing, following lingering controversy with regards to the outcome of the 2019 The Ideal Football Awards, even if this did not impact the outcome of the vote.

In a press statement, the planet football governing physique mentioned it would investigate and apply sanctions exactly where vital.

FIFA stated that it was disappointed to see a quantity of reports in the media, questioning the integrity of the voting method for awards.

“These reports are unfair and misleading. The voting process for every of the awards is supervised and monitored by an independent observer, in this case PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland,” the statement study in component.

FIFA additional explained that the guidelines requested all member associations, to submit their voting types each electronically and in writing.

“The written documents have to also be signed by the accountable persons of the association as properly as by the persons authorised to vote. Thus in order for a vote to be valid, it have to include things like the respective signatures and the member association’s stamp.

“Both FIFA and the independent observer can demonstrate that all the votes submitted in accordance with the guidelines and inside the deadlines have been taken into account.

“Consequently, there is no doubt whatsoever as to the authenticity of the outcome,” the statement added.

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi was named as the men’s winner, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

But there has been a vote rigging scandal, as football associations and captains have claimed they did not vote for Messi.

This has led to FIFA possessing to make clarifications, as to why some votes have been void.