Joachim Low decides against Ballon d'Or vote

German head coach Joachim Loew attends the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Cologne, western Germany on October 11, 2013
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Joachim Low decides not to vote in this year's Ballon d'Or.

Germany head coach Joachim Low has opted not to vote for the winner of the Ballon d'Or this year because of the public revelation of each vote, the German FA have revealed.

Low has five of his international players up for the award, but the coach does not want to be seen selecting between Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller or Mesut Ozil.

"He is not able to vote in an impartial manner and therefore has decided to abstain," DFB spokesman Jens Gritter told Bild.

"On the one hand, it is an honour for German football to have five candidates among the shortlist but, as FIFA publishes the votes, that is something which puts the coach in a predicament."

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery are believed to be the frontrunners for the award.

Germany's Per Mertesacker is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal against England during their international friendly match on November 19, 2013
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