FIFA says votes from Egypt for Mohamed Salah were not signed by federation general secretary, hence not counted in Best Player ballot

FIFA noted that Egypt was first contacted for confirmation of the ballots and received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August

The Associated Press September 26, 2019 17:08:55 IST
FIFA says votes from Egypt for Mohamed Salah were not signed by federation general secretary, hence not counted in Best Player ballot
  • The Egypt football federation questioned why ballot papers on behalf of its national team coach and captain were not included in a FIFA document

  • FIFA says signatures on Egypt's ballots were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid

  • Voting forms were also not signed by the federation general secretary which is mandatory

Zurich: FIFA has explained why votes from Egypt for national star Mohamed Salah did not count in its Best Player ballot where the Liverpool forward placed fourth.

FIFA says votes from Egypt for Mohamed Salah were not signed by federation general secretary hence not counted in Best Player ballot

Mohamed Salah during a training session with Egypt. AFP

The Egypt football federation questioned why ballot papers on behalf of its national team coach and captain were not included in a FIFA document published after Monday's ceremony. Lionel Messi won for the sixth time.

FIFA says signatures on Egypt's ballots "were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid (not authentic)."

Also, "voting forms were also not signed by the (federation) general secretary which is mandatory."

FIFA says its voting office is monitored by independent auditors. It noted that Egypt was first contacted for confirmation of the ballots then "received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August."

The Egyptian federation was in turmoil in July and August after its leadership resigned due to the national team's Round of 16 exit at the African Cup of Nations it hosted.

Later in August, FIFA sent an emergency management team to run the Egypt federation.

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