There are five Germans shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or this year — Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer plus Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. This puts their manager, Jogi Low, in a bit of a pickle. Since the votes are made public after the winner is announced, his players would see if he singled one of them out above the others. Or if he said someone else was better than all of them. So he's decided not to vote at all.
From Sky Sports:
"Since FIFA makes the choice of the jury members publicly, it brings the national coach in a kind of quandary," said DFB spokesperson Jens Grittner.
"He sees himself unable to vote objectively and impartially. Therefore, he has decided to abstain from the election.
"DFB General Secretary Helmut Sandrock has communicated this in a letter to FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, asking for understanding."
Well, that's no fun. At the very least, he should have voted for Seymour Butts, Dick Hurtz and Barry Ronaldo. If anything, that would have made the players' respect him even more.
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