Brazilian soccer legend Pele has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at a Tribeca Film Festival event in New York this weekend (23Apr11) due to a family issue.
The sporting icon was due to attend Nyfest on Saturday (23Apr11) and perform a coin toss to kick off a celebrity soccer match, but he has had to withdraw from the bash.
A statement from the festival organisers reads: "Due to a family matter, Pele has regretfully informed us that he will not be able to attend Nyfest this weekend as originally planned."
Dad-to-be Ethan Hawke, one-time Aussie soccer star Anthony LaPaglia, Michael Rapaport, Vera Farmiga, and rock offspring Jack Osbourne are all expected to attend the event.