Pele Scores For Sepp Blatter As FIFA President Amidst Corruption Scandal
Two men talk to each other in front of the logo at the headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into ’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” . (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Embattled FIFA chief, , got a boost to his re-election when , lent his support to him, amidst corruption scandal hitting ’s governing body.

Blatter won a fifth straight four-year term in charge of FIFA during a vote in Zurich last Friday.

The result came two days after seven FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges as part of a US prosecution that named 14 people.

Blatter was not among those indicted but has faced calls to resign.

“I was in favour [of his re-election]. It was necessary because it is better to have people with experience,” said Pele to sources on Monday.

“He’s a man who has been there for 25 years [with FIFA], you have to respect him, it was an election,” he added.

Pele is in Havana to watch his former club New York Cosmos play the Cuban national team at the Pedro Marrero stadium on Tuesday.

The fixture marks the first time a US professional sports team has visited Cuba since 1999.

Abhishek Chaudhary
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