Swiss Gianni Infantino, president of the International Football Association (FIFA), has been viciously attacked for taking a “selfie” next to the coffin of the late legend Pelé.

Infantino took part in the condolences of the legend, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

Fans lined up for over a kilometer to say goodbye to the Brazilian king in a historic scene that will never be forgotten.

But Infantino sparked controversy after he was seen smiling next to Pele’s coffin while taking a “selfie” with Lima, Pelé’s former teammate at Santos.

The FIFA president reacted to the attack with a message via Instagram, in which he said: “I am horrified to learn of the criticism I have received because of these photos. It’s an honor to ask some of Pele’s colleagues and family members to take pictures with me, and obviously I immediately agreed.”

He added, “Regarding the selfie specifically, Pele’s colleagues asked us to take a group photo, but they didn’t know how to do it, so I took someone’s phone and took a picture.”

At the end of his speech, Infantino expressed his readiness to undergo any harsh criticism in order to help Pele’s colleagues who contributed to writing the legendary football pages.

Source: agencies

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Chang Michel is a sports reporter for 24PalNews. He has also covered sports for TV and radio in Miami, Newark, and Atlanta. Chang, a native of Queens, NY, graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs and French.

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