Brazilian soccer great Pele says he stands by embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter despite a corruption scandal that has plunged the soccer world into turmoil. Nathan Frandino reports.
As he arrived in Havana for an exhibition match between his former team, the New York Cosmos, and the Cuban national team... three-time World Cup champion Pele wanted to make it clear. He stands by embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SOCCER LEGEND, EDSON ARANTES DO NASCIMENTO, "PELE," SAYING: "I was in favor (of FIFA President Sepp Blatter's presidency), I was a director for FIFA, and I am part of FIFA, and it's better to have someone with experience." The soccer world was plunged into turmoil last week with the arrests of seven high-ranking FIFA officials in Zurich. They and a handful of others face corruption charges in the U.S. Yet the scandal didn't prevent Blatter from winning re-election to his fifth term as head of FIFA. It was a controversial victory. Many believe Blatter - while not charged - should step down, although Pele, the world's best known player is not among them.