Premier League approve tributes to Pele ahead of weekend games
Premier League confirm tributes to Pele ahead of weekend games after death of Brazilian icon.
A confirmation has been made by the Premier League that, before this weekend’s games, there will be a minute of applause in Pele’s honor.
The Brazilian football icon died at the age of 82 on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, prompting an outpouring of tributes in remembrance of the three-time World Cup winner.
Ahead of Friday night’s games, the Premier League announced that all participants—players as well as officials—would don black armbands in Pele’s honor.
Prior to kick-off at games starting with tonight’s game between West Ham and Brentford, a minute’s applause will also be held.
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A statement from the Premier League added to the mourning for Pele’s death.
It read: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Pele, an extraordinarily gifted footballer who transcended our sport and inspired millions throughout his remarkable career.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Pele’s family and friends.”
A three-day period of mourning has been announced in Brazil.
A public wake will be held on Monday at Santos’ Estadio Urbano Caldeira before a parade through the Sao Paulo city’s streets on Tuesday.