Special One hints at vote tampering over the Coach of the Year award.
Jose Mourinho has accused FIFA of ‘irregularities ‘ over the Manager of the Year vote.
“I don’t regret not attending the gala at all,” he said.
“One, two or three people phoned me to tell me that they had voted for me and later, when the list of votes was published, another name appeared by their votes. That was why I decided not to go to the gala.
“I’m accusing FIFA of irregularities in the vote for best manager in the world. There was a lack of transparency. FIFA was aware of these irregularities, knowing they were there, but did nothing to avoid them.”
FIFA denied Mouirinho’s claims.
Although he doesn’t say it in quite so many words, it sounds as if Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes FIFA tampered with votes for the recent Coach of the Year award to deny him a chance of victory.
The award was won by Spain manager Vicente del Bosque, who guided his his country to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
This is not the first time that Mourinho has voiced similar concerns, and it is hard to avoid the feeling that Mou does enjoy the role of the victim.
The Portuguese has previously suggested that the Spanish authorities hand Barcelona an easier schedule than Real, while the outspoken coach has never been short of a referee-related conspiracy theory.
But this is, of course, not the first time FIFA have been accused of corruption, with the 2022 World Cup bidding process still under close scrutiny.
This is certainly a story that could have some legs.