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FIFA requests a minute’s silence for Pele at soccer matches


A minute’s silence for Pele in Liverpool
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FIFA called on organizers of football competitions around the world to observe a minute of silence before each match in honor of the deceased icon Pele. This is a celebration of the memory of the Brazilian legend this weekend and next week, FIFA wrote in a letter to its member associations on Friday.

“As long as football is played, Pele will be remembered and missed,” wrote Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s general secretary. Pele brought the magic of South American football to the world and gave meaning to the phrase ‘the beautiful game’.

Even before FIFA’s speech, the three major European leagues in England, Italy and Spain decided to honor Pele with minutes of silence on the current match day. In the Premier League, there is a one-minute standing ovation in honor of the Brazilian even on Sunday before kick-off.

Pele died on Thursday at the age of 82 of complications from cancer in São Paulo.

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