The glitzy awards hosted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on Monday honored the world’s top footballers and coaches.
In fact, Manuel Rosas had voted on behalf of the Central American country ranked 148th in the world, with the Nicaraguan federation erroneously submitting Barrera’s name.
“FENIFUT would like to apologize for the misunderstanding that this whole issue generated.”
The two representatives of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) nominated their countryman and Liverpool forward Mohammad Salah.
In a statement sent to CNN, FIFA said that the EFA’s voting forms were not signed by the federation’s general secretary, which is mandatory.
FIFA said it had twice contacted the EFA requesting the correctly signed forms but had not received a response by August 21.
“Therefore, the votes from the EFA could not be counted,” said FIFA in a statement. The EFA did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
FIFA also said it had checked the voting documents submitted by the Sudanese FA and “all documents are signed and confirmed with the official stamp” of the North African federation.
“We confirm that we have the right votes signed by the player/coach. We are asking the Sudanese Football Federation to inquire on this matter.”
The Sudanese FA has yet to respond to CNN’s request for a comment.
The voting procedure for the awards was supervised and monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland.
“As per these procedures, FIFA requested all member associations to submit their voting forms both electronically and in writing. The written documents must also be signed by the responsible persons of the association as well as the persons authorized to vote.”
FIFA said there was no doubt “whatsoever as to the authenticity of the result.”
The world governing body added: “Should there have been any case of wrong-doing, and even if this did not affect the result of the vote, FIFA will investigate and apply sanctions where necessary.”
Lionel Messi won the world’s best player award, with Megan Rapinoe named the best women’s player. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp won the best manager award, while Jill Ellis picked up the gong for the best women’s after guiding the USA to a fourth World Cup in July.
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