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Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric embroiled in Ballon d’Or scandal: Voter ‘doesn’t exist’

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on the celebrated Ballon d’Or award this week, with former Actual Madrid team-mate Luka Modric taking the prize as an alternative.

It was the primary time since 2007, when AC Milan hero Kaka claimed the award, that Ronaldo or Messi didn’t take the golden ball dwelling.

Nevertheless, the Ballon d’Or has now been hit by a scandal with experiences claiming that one of many journalists registered to vote doesn’t truly exist.

Spanish outlet Okay Diario have claimed that an irregularity has been discovered throughout the voting.

They cite native publication named Al-watman as saying {that a} journalist from the small island of Comoros, situated north of Madagascar, doesn’t exist.

The journalist in query is Abdou Boina.

However the place he supposedly works is not in operation.

A journalist from the island, Toiminou Abdou, is quoted as saying that Boina’s publication, albaladcomores.com, closed in 2012.

“I hallucinate after I see that Albalad Comores exists,” he mentioned.

“That newspaper closed six years in the past and there was by no means a journalist named Abdou Boina.

“We had two sports activities reporters on this case, Abdoul Youssouf for the French version and Sharif Ousseine for the Arabic version.”

Stepahne Ahamadi, the president of Comoras’ journalists affiliation, has additionally spoken about the issue.

“There is no such thing as a file of anybody known as Abdou Boina,” he mentioned.

“I may perceive it as a mistake from France Soccer if the journalist belonged to a sure publication, however this particular person does not exist.”

It isn’t the one Ballon d’Or controversy to plague the ceremony.

Trinidad and Tobago’s correspondent, Lasana Liburdi, claimed his picks had been registered within the flawed order.

What occurs subsequent, although, stays to be seen.

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