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Sepp Blatter: FIFA President Shamed by British Comedian

British comedian Simon Brodkin – better known as the character Lee Nelson from his BBC3 comedy series Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show – gained entry to a FIFA press conference and threw a pile of dollar bills over FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s head on Monday.

Blatter had sat down at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich to announce the date of the extraordinary congress to decide who will replace him when Brodkin crashed the conference in the guise of another one of his characters from the show, Scouse footballer Jason Bent. Blatter stepped down in June after FIFA was indicted on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering following an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Later, Brodkin joked on Twitter that he was bidding for North Korea for the 2026 World Cup.
In a video of the prank, the comedian can be heard saying ‘Here you go, Sepp’ before he showers Blatter with a handful of cash. He is then escorted off the stage by security as a bemused Blatter delays the conference until the mess is cleared, saying: ‘This has nothing to do with football.’ 

This is not the first high-profile prank attempted by Brodkin.  In 2013, he dodged security and mingled with players on the pitch during the warm up at a Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton. Last year, he posed as Jason Bent again when he attempted to join England’s World Cup squad on a flight to Miami from Luton airport. Dressed in a suit and tie to match the squad, the interloper was spotted and taken away as the real players looked on in bemusement.

In June, Brodkin invaded the stage at Glastonbury during Kanye West’s headline set. He tweeted afterwards that the prank was dedicated to Taylor Swift, whose acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 was hijacked by Kanye, who said: ‘Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’m gonna let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!’ Brodkin was removed from the stage and Kanye was forced to call a halt and restart his performance of Black Skinhead.

Aaron Waterhouse

Aaron is a recent English graduate from Durham University who is now working as a content writer intern. An enthusiastic traveller, he hopes to become a journalist and report from around the world. Follow him @AaronAtSMF

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