FIFA needs good, honest people: Pele

Havana, June 3 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Pele says FIFA needs “good and honest people” to remove the stench of corruption that has surrounded football’s world governing body in the last few years.

“I think everything in life changes, football will change too. It is important that honest and good people come into the organisation like FIFA,” Pele was quoted as saying by bbc.com on Wednesday.

The 74-year-old, who was a member of three World Cup winning squads in 1952, 1962 and 1970, also said the recent arrests and scandals in FIFA is not one of his concerns.

“I want to see football put people together, stop the war. My position is that of a player, that’s my position because this is where football put people together. What happened with the corruption, this is not my problem,” he said.

The legend was here to attend a friendly between New York Cosmos and the Cuban national team which the former won 4-1.

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