FIFA recently released an official statement addressing the vote manipulation allegations levelled against them.
The football governing body has faced a backlash in the last few days following the crowning of Lionel Messi as the World's best player at the FIFA 'The Best' Awards gala.
Following the announcement of Barcelona superstar as the winner, a few captains and coaches have come out to claim they did not vote for the Argentine talisman even though the official FIFA document shows them voting for him.
Responding to these allegations, FIFA has now released a statement stating that the reports are unfair and misleading.
“FIFA has been disappointed to see a number of reports in the media questioning the integrity of the voting process for the awards," part of the statement read.
“These reports are unfair and misleading. The voting procedure for each of the awards is supervised and monitored by an independent observer, in this case, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland.
“The written documents must also be signed by the responsible persons of the association as well as by the persons authorised to vote,” the statement continued. Therefore, in order for a vote to be valid, it must include 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 rules and within the deadlines were taken into account. Consequently, there is no doubt whatsoever as to the authenticity of the result.
“Should there have been any case of wrongdoing, and even if this did not affect the result of the vote, FIFA will investigate and apply sanctions where necessary,” FIFA said in a statement.