|FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared to grasp at bank notes thrown at him by comedian Simon Brodkin during a press conference|
Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter sensationally had a bundle of fake banknotes thrown over him by a comedian who gatecrashed his press conference in Zurich today. Englishman Simon Brodkin - also known as Jason Bent as well as Lee Nelson - calmly walked up to Blatter's position behind a table at the front of the stage and placed a wad of pretend US dollars on the table, saying: ‘This is for North Korea 2026’.
He then turned to address the press while Blatter, who later announced he would not stand for another term as FIFA president in the new elections having resigned earlier this year, waved urgently at security guards to take him away. They duly arrived either side of Brodkin, but before they could remove him he threw a huge bundle of notes into the air, which rained down around the out-going president of football's governing body.
|Wearing a media badge with a North Korea emblem on it, Simon Brodkin interrupted Blatter's speech during the FIFA event in Zurich|
Brodkin, a renowned comedian, has made his name performing numerous pranks under various alter-ego guises. Last year he invaded the stage during a Stereo Kicks’ X-Factor performance and attempted to join the England players on their flight to the World Cup in Brazil. Blatter was speaking after the date for the vote on his replacement was announced as February 26 next year.
As Blatter took his seat, performer Simon Brodkin rose from a front-row spot to speak and shower the FIFA president with the fake money bills before he was ushered out of the auditorium at FIFA headquarters.
|Blatter looks on bemused and calls for security as Brodkin approaches his table holding two large handfuls of fake 10 dollar bills|
|Playing his comedic role as Jason Bent, Brodkin placed a load of fake bills on Blatter's table with the FIFA president calling for security|
|Blatter calls for security as Brodkin addresses those in attendance during the Zurich press conference holding his second bundle of notes|
Blatter said he would leave the room because 'we have to clean here first.' 'This has nothing to do with football,' said Blatter, who returned within a few minutes and quipped about the incident. 'I just called my late mother and she said, `Don't worry, it's just a lack of education,'' he said.
Shortly after the stunt, Brodkin tweeted a photo of himself gatecrashing the event from the account @Jason9Bent, with the message: 'Excited to be at FIFA meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup." But the comedian is not new to showing up to events uninvited.
|Security attempt to escort Brodkin away as Blatter looks on frustrated from behind his table moments before the comedian threw the notes|
|As Brodkin was dragged away by security staff, the comedian threw a load of bank notes in the air as Blatter instinctively ducks for cover|
|Blatter was left embarrassed after fake banknotes were thrown at him on a day he announced he would not stand in the new FIFA elections|
|Blatter looks on bemused as fake bills land around the FIFA president who has held his position in the governing body since June 1998|
|An official at the FIFA press conference in Zurich crouchs to collect the bank notes thrown by Brodkin from a chair at the event on Monday|
During rapper West's headline set on Glastonbury Saturday, Brodkin appeared on stage as Nelson wearing a T-shirt with 'Lee-Zus' on it before being removed by security. This was again followed by him posting a photo on his Twitter account, accompanied by the message: 'Some people were saying Kanye shouldn't headline Glastonbury so I thought I'd give him a hand.'
|Brodkin, as Lee Nelson, disrupted Kanye West's Glastonbury set on the Pyramid Stage in June, claiming it was revenge for Taylor Swift|
|Brodkin (left), playing his character Lee Nelson, is escorted by security off the Pyramid Stage having interrupted Kanye West|