The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 ceremony, which was scheduled for September, will not take place this year after the world football governing body cancelled the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Marca, the 11 awards that are bestowed to the best footballers across the world – including The Best FIFA Men’s Player prize – will remain vacant as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino felt that a night of celebration wasn’t appropriate during this pandemic, according to the MARCA report.
Assessing the impact of the pandemic on football and recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the FIFA Counci’s bureau has formulated several decisions regarding future FIFA events.
These include setting January 20 to February 6, 2021 as the new dates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama tournament originally for 2020.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India will now take place on February 17 – March 7, 2021, and the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania will take place from September 12 to October 3, 2021.
And the 70th FIFA Congress, originally slated for Addis Ababa, will now be an online event taking place on September 18, 2020.
Praising the decision as “logical”, the report said that since football matches across the globe have been suspended or even outright cancelled, there was little reason to bother with an awards ceremony.