- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Pele denies he’s feuding with Brazilian soccer chief Ricardo Teixeira despite failing to receive an official invitation for the 2014 World Cup qualifying draw last week.

The Brazilian great needed an honorary ambassadorship from the government to attend the Rio de Janeiro event on Saturday.

However, Pele said Tuesday from London that he has “not had a fight with Ricardo Teixeira” and he respects him.

Teixeira also is the president of the World Cup’s local organizing committee. He has been regularly attacked by the Brazilian media for alleged irregularities while running soccer in the country. A march in protest against his reign was held before the draw.


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