Following complaints about Mohamed Salah's votes for The Best awards being altered and some missing, FIFA has explained why some votes for the Liverpool forward to win The Best FIFA Men's Player award was not counted.
Salah did not finish in the top three of the ballot, with his nominations from Egypt's captain and coach not included. Sudan coach Zdravko Logarušić also claimed that he had voted for Salah but his vote was tallied on Lionel Messi who eventually won the award.
Salah appeared to be upset when FIFA's full list of voting was released without his country's selections after he removed Egypt from his Twitter bio and posted a cryptic message that read: "Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed."
A statement released by FIFA on the issue read, "During the monitoring of the votes submitted by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on August 15, it was remarked that the signatures on the voting forms were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid (not authentic). The voting forms were also not signed by the general secretary which is mandatory."