Brazil fans line streets to bid farewell to Pele in emotional scenes before star’s funeral | Football | Sport


Outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro had signed a decree on Thursday that stated there would be three days of official mourning following Pele’s death.

“Official mourning is declared throughout the country, for a period of three days, counted from the date of publication of this decree, as a sign of regret for the death of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, a former football player.”

Bolsonaro had previously taken to Twitter to pay his respects to Pele. “With regret the passing of a man, who through football, took the name of Brazil to the world,” he wrote. “He turned football into art and joy. May God comfort your family and welcome you into his infinite mercy.”



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