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Brazil’s military opened file on Pele in 1970

/ 10:56 AM August 24, 2011

Former Brazilian footballer Pele poses for pictures outside 10 Downing Street in London. Pele met with young footballers during a coaching session in the gardens of 10 Downing Street. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza

SAO PAULO — Officials say Brazil’s military regime opened a file on football legend Pele in 1970.

Veronica Cristo, a spokeswoman for the Sao Paulo State Public Archives, says the thin file with Pele’s name on it was opened by police after a man gave him a document calling for the release of political prisoners.

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She says the file only contained a description of the encounter and some news clippings on games played by Pele.

She says there is nothing in the file indicating Pele was investigated for links to leftist groups during the 1964-1985 military regime.

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The files found in the port city of Santos are being made available to the public this week.

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