Egypt's FA investigates skipper Ghaly's false vote for FIFA Ballon d'Or awards

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Jan 2016

Egypt's Hossam Ghaly (R) fights for the ball with Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia during their African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match in Cairo September 10, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided on Wednesday to open an investigation after the recent forgery claims of the vote of Egypt Skipper Hossam Ghaly for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, according to Ahram Sport.

On Monday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the prestigious world player of the year award; the annual title that is awarded to winners based on the votes from all national team coaches and captains plus journalists. 

FIFA had earlier announced that the Pharaohs' coach Hector Cuper and Ahly Captain Ghaly would represent Egypt in casting votes for the annual title this year.  The world football governing body revealed on Monday that the Ahly Captain, Ghaly, chose Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero respectively for the title.

However, Ghali surprisingly said on Tuesday that he did not cast any ballots for the title.

"I didn't vote for the Ballon d'Or. I don't know who did that instead of me," Ghaly told Egyptian Sports website Filgoal.

"If the vote form had reached me, I would have chosen different names," he added.

According to Ahram Sport, the EFA's legal consultant has launched an investigation into one of the federation's employees for allegedly signing the voting form instead the player.

Ahram Online failed to reach the EFA's spokesman Mahmoud Elshami to obtain more details.

The Barcelona and Argentina forward, Messi, finished ahead of Ronaldo and Brazil forward Neymar, scooping the award for the fifth time overall. The Argentian star had previously wonthe Ballon d'Or four times in a row from 2009 to 2012.

In 2015, Messi helped Barcelona win a Spanish league, cup and Champions League treble plus the Club World Cup.

The 28 year-old also led his national team Argentina to the Copa America final on 4 July, where they lost to hosts Chile.

Barcelona's Luis Enrique was voted coach of the year on Monday.

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