A football reporter who voted for Ronaldo and Modric at the Ballon d’Or allegedly does not exist, and the newspaper he "works for" closed 6 years ago.
Rabat – After Luka Modric won football’s most prestigious individual award on Monday, several football media outlets reported that the votes had been manipulated.
In at least one instance, that may be the case. The Ballon d’Or organizer, France Football, listed an alleged Comoros’ football reporter, “Abdou Boina,” as a journalist working for the Albalad Comores newspaper.
However, the journalist does not exist in real life, and the newspaper has been closed for 6 years.
Boina voted for Mbappe as his first choice, Modric as his second, Ronaldo as his third, Hazard as his fourth, and Salah as his fifth.
A former sports photographer, Toimimou Abdou, who reportedly worked for the paper was quoted as saying that no one called Abdou Boina ever worked there, and the paper shut down in 2012.
“I hallucinate when I see that Albalad Comores exists,” he said.
In addition, France Football represented Comoros with a flag that is 17 years out of date.
Stephane Ahamadi, the president of Comoros’ journalists association, has also commented on the controversy. He stressed, “There is no record of anyone called Abdou Boina.”