January 27, 2023


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Selfie from Pele’s open coffin. Gianni Infantino himself explains

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is under fire after he took a selfie at Pele’s funeral. Pictures published by the agencies show that Infantino was photographed next to the open coffin with the body of the legendary football player.

The image of Gianni Infantino taking a selfie with two Brazilian soccer players – Pele’s colleagues – near an open coffin sparked controversy. Many netizens were outraged. “classless”, “insult”, “disgusting” – such comments appeared most often among Twitter users. Someone even called for Infantino’s arrest.

Sam Infantino in an Instagram post He responded to the criticism leveled at him. As he explained, Pele’s teammates asked him to take a selfie. “They didn’t know how to do it. I wanted to be useful, so I took someone’s phone and took a selfie of usInfantino wrote: “If the help of Pele’s colleagues is a cause for criticism, I welcome it and will continue to provide assistance, wherever I can, to those who have contributed to writing the legendary pages of football,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Pele, also in the context of yesterday’s ceremony, this I wouldn’t do anything disrespectful to himInfantino confirmed.

Pele passed away on December 29, 2022, at the age of 82. He was buried yesterday in the Memorial Necropol Ecomenica cemetery in the city of Santos in southeastern Brazil.