Pele leads calls for change at top of Brazilian football

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Pele and Zico have signed an open letter calling for change at the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), starting with the departure of its president, who is facing corruption charges in the United States. “We demand the definitive resignation of Marco Polo Del Nero and his directors followed by free and democratic elections,” read a statement following an initiative by Bom Senso FC (“Common Sense FC”), a collective of current and former players. The statement also called for the Brazilian authorities to open their own investigation into the corruption allegations. Hours later Marco Polo Del Nero went before the Senate to defend himself against the accusations, saying he was “unjustly accused”.

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