Ferdinand slams 'flawed' PFA award voting system after Van Persie misses out

Tottenham's Gareth Bale picked up the award, voted for by players, but the Manchester United defender believes the current method isn't a 'true reflection of the season'
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed his reservations over the “flawed” voting system for the PFA Player of the Year, insisting it is not chosen at the right time of the season.

Gareth Bale picked up the prestigious award along with the Young Player of the Year gong at the end of last month, before picking up a third award when he was named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year as well.

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The players were asked for their votes some time ago, with the season still ongoing, but Ferdinand believes votes should only be cast once the season has finished allowing voters the chance to reflect on the year as a whole.

"The problem with the PFA awards is that the voting system is flawed," the 34-year-old told Sky Sports.

"There's so much technology at hand that you could do it over an iPad and just say 'bang, bang, bang' at the end of the season.”

Ferdinand insists he thought Bale was a deserved winner, but believes if the full season was taken into account then his team-mate Robin van Persie may have picked up the award.

The striker hit a poor run of form, not scoring in ten games, right around the time of voting, but has since moved to the top of Premier League goalscoring charts and his hat-trick against Aston Villa secured the Red Devils’ 20th league title.

"I am not just being biased but if it was voted for today Robin van Persie would win it by a country mile,” Ferdinand added.

"But it was voted for by the players in late February or March.

"Gareth Bale is a worthy winner, but for me it isn't a true reflection of the season."