Brazilian court orders Pele’s son be arrested in drug trafficking case

(FILE) Picture taken on April 12, 2007 of Brazilian football star Pele (R) and his son, former footballer and coach of goalkeepers in Santos FC, Edson Cholbi Nascimento, aka Edinho, in Santos. A Brazilian court has sentenced football legend Pele's son Edinho to 33 years in prison for laundering money for drug traffickers, media reports said on May 31, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / MAURICIO DE SOUZA        (Photo credit should read MAURICIO DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

A Brazilian court has requested the arrest of Pele's son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, for association to drug trafficking and money laundering. 

Edinho, as the son of the former footballer is known, has yet to be arrested after Friday's ruling.

The Sao Paulo state court decided that Edinho's previous sentence of 33 years in jail should be reduced to 12 years.

Edinho played for years as a goalkeeper at Santos, his father's former club. He retired in 1999.

The former goalkeeper was sentenced for the first time in 2014, but was appealing the decision.

Despite the risk of imminent arrest, Edinho coached two small teams in Sao Paulo state.

Pele has not made any comments about his son's arrest.

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