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Real Madrid coach Mourinho thanks Pandev for support in FIFA row

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has thanked Napoli attacker Goran Pandev for supporting him in the Ballon d'Or 'fix' claim.

Even after FIFA published a copy of the fax they received from the Macedonian FA voting for Vicente Del Bosque, Pandev continued to insist it was not his signature and that he had voted for Mourinho.

"My intention was only one: to let people realise why I did not go to the ceremony in Zurich," said Mourinho.

"I had been told there was something murky in the voting process and now we have proof of that. I probably wouldn't have won anyway, but that wouldn't have been a problem as long as things were clear. Now nobody can criticise me for not going to the ceremony.

"I want to thank Pandev, who is one of the many people who called me to warn there was something going on.

"I thank him for having the courage and the strength to publicly confront this issue, because others who warned me asked to remain anonymous.

"That was an understandable position to take. I don't want to criticise them, but what Pandev did certainly wasn't easy."

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