Pele attends a World Cup promotional event in Sao Paulo.
The son of former Brazil striker Pele has been sentenced
to 33 years in prison for laundering money earned from drug
trafficking, Brazilian media reported.
Edinho, who played as a goalkeeper for his father's former
club Santos, served a jail sentence for drug trafficking
between 2005 and 2006. At the time, he admitted to being a
drug addict but denied trafficking charges.
He was found guilty of money-laundering on Friday by a judge
in the beachside city of Praia Grande. Four other men accused
of being part of the same gang received similar sentences.
Edinho, whose real name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, is
expected to appeal against the judge's decision but must hand
over his passport to the authorities. He may be preventively
arrested while a higher court considers his appeal.
Edinho, 43, currently works as a goalkeeping coach for
Santos. His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
Pele, widely regarded as the best footballer of all time,
helped Brazil win the World Cup three times.
Brazil is hosting this year's World Cup from June 12-July 13.