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Organisers scrap 2020 Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or is not going to be awarded this yr because of the extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers France Soccer introduced yesterday.

It is going to be the primary time the trophy given for the world’s greatest males’s footballer has not been awarded since Englishman Stanley Matthews gained the inaugural version in 1956.

“There might be no version in 2020, as a result of it seems, after considerate consideration, that every one the circumstances are usually not met,” stated Pascal Ferre, the editor of the journal.

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The COVID-19 outbreak noticed all main soccer leagues shut down in March, with the German Bundesliga the primary to renew behind closed doorways in Might.

France Soccer stated it will be unfair to vote on the world’s greatest participant when some leagues, together with the French Ligue 1, cancelled their seasons early.


Ferre additionally advised that it will not be proper to guage gamers based mostly on video games performed with out spectators current.

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“We imagine that such a singular yr can’t… be handled as an strange yr,” he added. “Two months (January and February), out of the eleven typically required to kind an opinion and resolve who ought to carry the trophies, signify far too little to gauge and decide, with out forgetting that the opposite video games had been performed –- or might be performed –- in uncommon circumstances (behind closed doorways, with 5 replacements, Champions League’s Remaining eight performed in a single recreation).”

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Lionel Messi gained a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or final yr.

The ladies’s Ballon d’Or, which was first awarded in 2018, has additionally been cancelled, as have the Kepa Trophy, given to one of the best younger participant, and the Yashin award for greatest goalkeeper.

Organisers scrap 2020 Ballon d’Or

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