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Rio governor vetoes Maracanã stadium after Pele

SAO PALO (AP) – The historic Maracan in Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will not be renamed after Pele.

State Governor Claudio Castro on Thursday vetoed a split proposal by the state legislature to honor the three-time World Cup winner, calling it King Pele Stadium.

The stadium that hosted the 2014 World Cup final ման The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games will retain its official name Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, after the Brazilian coach was signed in 1950. In the idea of ​​building a stadium for the World Cup.

However, it is popularly called Maracanã, where the Rio district is located.

The veto came after the proposal was widely criticized, with Castro saying that even lawmaker Andre Ceciliano had asked him to rescind the idea.

Fillon used his newspaper Jornal dos Sports to coordinate the campaign to persuade Rio residents that the stadium should be built near the city center instead of a preliminary plan in a remote neighborhood. His relatives had launched a campaign against the name change.

The state-run Maracanã can seat around 78,000 fans, including Rio Flamengo and Fluminense.

Pelé, 80, did not comment after the Rio legislature passed the bill.

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