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Robinho rubbishes Pelé's drug claims

Monday, March 23, 2009

Brazilian striker Robinho has dismissed claims by legendary fellow-countryman Pelé that he had a drugs problem.

Speaking at a private tourism event in São Paulo, Pelé allegedly accused the Manchester City striker and his compatriot, former AC Milan striker Ronaldo, had taken drugs at a private party in São Paulo.

The event was closed to the press and public. He did not know his comments were being recorded.

The comments were picked up by Brazilian radio station Jovem Pan, which then featured the three-minute audio clip on its website, causing a massive reaction in Brazil.

The accusation has left Robinho totally bemused, with his advisors attempting to discover why Pelé made such controversial comments and considering pressing for a retraction by the football legend, if none is voluntarily forthcoming.

"It is absurd," a spokesman for Robinho said. "We are at a total loss to understand why Pelé has said this.

"Robinho has never taken drugs or even been accused of taking them.

"We can only assume Pelé has made some kind of mistake. We will be talking to him about this and seeking an apology.

"It is hoped the matter can be resolved amicably, but if Pelé refuses to retract his remarks we will have to seek legal recourse."

Robinho's boss at City, Mark Hughes, added: "People need to be careful they don’t say things they can’t substantiate."

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