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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA Gala Evening in Lisbon - Clarification

As a result of confusion among the media due to an inaccurate news agency report from Tehran, FIFA wishes to clarify that there will be no award made to the Iranian player Ali Daei at the FIFA annual awards ceremony in Lisbon on 20 January 1997.

FIFA does not include an annual goalscorer award among its various prizes at this annual event, which features primarily the FIFA World Player of the Year.

It appears that another non-FIFA event has been subsequently organised to take place in Munich also on 20 January, at which Ali Daei may receive a trophy for his goalscoring during the past year.