Football: Pele raises a glass to Champagne's bid for Fifa presidency
LONDON (REUTERS) - Pele has endorsed Jerome Champagne's bid to become the next president of Fifa, saying he supported the 55-year-old Frenchman's vision for the future of world football's governing body on Monday.
The Brazilian, widely regarded as the world's greatest-ever player, gave his backing in a videotaped message shown when Champagne launched his bid at a news conference in London.
Pele said: "I cannot stay away from a debate which is so important for the future of football and thus, I support Jerome Champagne and his vision."
Champagne has built his campaign on addressing the imbalances in the game on and off the pitch and making the governance of Fifa more democratic and transparent.