Pele urges respect from Brazil fans ahead of Confederations Cup

The legendary forward sent a plea to supporters to remain civil and maintain a friendly atmosphere as the nation prepares for its warm-up event to next summer's World Cup.
Pele has urged for Brazil fans to show respect to both their own team and visiting opponents for this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Selecao legend is eager for supporters to generate a vibrant yet welcoming atmosphere for the eight-team tournament as the nation prepares to host the World Cup next year, and he has pleaded for them to lend their full backing to Luiz Felipe Scolari's side.

“A request to all Brazilians, to those who love Brazilian football, to respect this preparation period before the Confederations Cup,” Pele was quoted as saying by O Povo. “Don’t jeer the team, and don’t bring violence to the stadiums. Let’s host a clean cup - even if the team doesn’t perform well, we should not jeer - and support the players, because they need this."

Brazil recorded a morale-boosting 3-0 friendly win over France at the weekend, and Pele believes that similar results will follow once the team has begun to gel properly.

“We just need to mesh a little better, because we have good players," Pele said. "The biggest mistake we’ve made in the last few years was to test a lot of players and never build a squad.

“I believe both Felipao and [Carlos Alberto] Parreira know that now that we’re heading into the Confederations Cup.

“I always trusted in Brazil and it will always be like that. It’s important to know that sometimes things can go the other way than you’re expecting. That’s football, a box full of surprises.

“Brazil is the country with most players scattered around the world, most of them playing for big clubs. That’s why I believe in Selecao.”

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