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Jose Mourinho accuses FIFA of Coach of the Year fix

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Del Bosque after winning the Coach of the Year award  (©GettyImages)
Del Bosque after winning the Coach of the Year award (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho has hinted he boycotted the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala earlier this year because the voting for the Coach of the Year award was skewed against him.

The Real Madrid coach decided against turning up to the ceremony in Zurich back in January, instead opting to watch his son play football for CD Canillas.

Initial reports suggested the former Chelsea boss didn't attend the ceremony because he felt the award of the Ballon d'Or was biased towards Barcelona's Lionel Messi over Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mourinho hinted that the Player of the Year award, claimed by Messi for a record fourth consecutive year, was fixed, saying in December the award "has already been given".

Now the 50-year-old has suggested he believes the Coach of the Year award, won by Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, was also incorrect because he was told by fellow coaches they had voted for him, only for official documentation to show their vote was awarded elsewhere.

"I called several people to tell me that the vote was for me and finally went to another," Mourinho is quoted as saying. That's why I decided not to go."

"I accuse FIFA of irregularities in the election of the best coach in the world. There was a lack of transparency.

"FIFA were aware of these irregularities, they knew they existed, but were not prevented."

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