By Ngain Steve Jordan, In Yaounde
FIFA’s “The Best” award votes are alleged to have been rigged in favour of Lionel Messi, after several nations tabled complaints.
Barcelona star Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus on Monday night, in the Best Men’s Player Award category.
“The Egyptian Football Federation officially sent Egypt’s vote to FIFA on 15 August, four days before the deadline,” a statement by the Egyptian football governing body read.
“National team captain Ahmed Elmohamady voted while the Olympic team’s manager Shawki Ghareeb voted after the resignation of the coaching staff.”
It “asks FIFA why the Egyptian vote was not accepted” and has decided to open an “investigation” into the circumstances of what has been seen as a failure.
In response to Egypt’s complaint, a FIFA Spokesperson told Reuters: “The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019.”
The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019, the Spokesperson said.
“Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”
After it was revealed Egypt did not cast a vote, Mohamed Salah posted a message on Twitter.
“Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed,” Salah tweeted.
Source: express.co.uk and TWIF NEWS