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Pele says time to 'find peace' amid FIFA scandal

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 00:50

Brazilian soccer great Pele says he wants peace to return to world soccer amid the ongoing FIFA crisis. Pele's comments followed Tuesday's exhibition match in Havana between his former team the New York Cosmos and Cuba. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Brazilian soccer great Pele said "peace" must be found in world soccer following a seismic week that on Tuesday (June 2) resulted in embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter announcing he would stand down. "This is a historic moment, I want everyone, first of all Brazil and Cuba to pay attention to this game because as we're talking about peace here and we have a big problem in FIFA that does not have peace and the whole problem with corruption and so this is an important moment, a very important moment. Even if there is no peace over there, here were are taking part in a game through football for peace," Pele said from Cuba where his old club New York Cosmos are playing. The 74-year-old, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also said it was time FIFA made changes to ensure the scandals that have plagued it in recent years cease. Blatter stunned the world of soccer when he resigned on Tuesday, although he will stay in office for a few more months until a successor is chosen, ending a 40-year career at the sport's governing body just four days after being re-elected to a fifth term despite a U.S. corruption investigation. The 79-year-old, who has held office since 1998, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after Swiss police, acting on a request from United States authorities, raided a hotel in the Swiss city and arrested several FIFA officials. Blatter has not been charged. An election to choose a new FIFA president is thought unlikely to go ahead until at least December.

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Pele says time to 'find peace' amid FIFA scandal

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 00:50