Premier League confirm tributes to Pele ahead of weekend games after death of Brazilian icon


A minute’s applause will be held before this weekend’s Premier League games in honour of Pele.

The Brazilian football icon died at the age of 82 on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, prompting an outpouring of tributes in rememberance of the three-time World Cup winner.

The Premier League confirmed ahead of Friday night’s games that all players and officials will wear black armbands in Pele’s memory.

Prior to kick-off at games starting with tonight’s game between West Ham and Brentford, a minute’s applause will also be held.

A statement from the Premier League added to the mourning of Pele’s death.

It read: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Pele, an extraordinarily gifted footballer who transcended our sport and inspired millions throughout his remarkable career.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Pele’s family and friends.”

A three-day period of mourning has been announced in Brazil.

A public wake will be held on Monday at Santos’ Estadio Urbano Caldeira before a parade through the Sao Paulo city’s streets on Tuesday.