Premier League players to wear black armbands and hold a minute’s applause in Pele’s honor this weekend
The Premier League has announced that clubs will pay tribute to Pele during the upcoming round of matches, following the death of the Brazilian legend on Thursday, December 29.
After a long battle with colon cancer, the Brazilian football legend died at the age of 82 at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo.
‘We are deeply saddened to learn of Pele’s death, an extraordinarily gifted footballer who transcended our sport and inspired millions throughout his remarkable career,’ said the Premier League in a statement.
‘Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Pele’s family and friends.’
The Premier League confirmed plans for clubs to honour to Pele’s contribution to football, with a minute’s applause to be held prior to kick-offs in this weekend’s matches.
Players and match officials will also wear black armbands.
West Ham and Brentford will be the first clubs to pay tribute with the London derby kicking off the Premier League weekend tonight, followed by Liverpool and Leicester when they meet at Anfield.
The gesture will be followed before all games this weekend.
The body of Pele, will be laid to rest at the home of Santos, where he enchanted the world.
Pele will go straight from the Albert Einstein Hospital to Estádio Urbano Caldeira in Vila Belmiro at dawn on Monday and the coffin will be placed in the centre of the pitch.
The public wake is expected to begin at 10am.