Football Funnies: Prankster interrupts Fifa press conference to throw money at Sepp Blatter

British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at Fifa President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary Fifa Executive Committee Meeting.
British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at Fifa President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary Fifa Executive Committee Meeting.PHOTO: REUTERS
British comedian Lee Nelson (right) holds fake dollar notes next to Fifa president Sepp Blatter as he gestures during a protest at a Fifa press conference.
British comedian Lee Nelson (right) holds fake dollar notes next to Fifa president Sepp Blatter as he gestures during a protest at a Fifa press conference.PHOTO: AFP

ZURICH - A British comedian on Monday interrupted a press conference by Sepp Blatter on Monday, throwing paper money in front of the bemused Fifa president just as he was about to speak.

The 79-year-old Blatter was about to give details of a special election for a new president when he was interrupted by Simon Brodkin who was immediately taken away by security guards.

The press conference was halted for a few minutes while the paper was cleaned up before Blatter returned and blamed the incident on "a lack of education".

Nelson, posing as a North Korean delegate, said: “Sepp, this is for North Korea in 2026”.

Security guards quickly came to escort him away. As he was leaving, he threw the notes into the air, which rained down on an angry Blatter. The embattled Fifa president left the stage while staff cleaned up the mess.

 

On his way out, Brodkin - stage name Lee Nelson - threw another bundle of notes at a clearly shaken Blatter, saying "here you go Sepp".

After the stunt, Brodkin tweeted a photo of himself with the message: "Excited to be at Fifa meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup."

The comedian is not new to showing up to events uninvited. He invaded the stage during rapper Kanye West's set at the Glastonbury music festival last month.

Fifa had announced on Monday that a successor to Blatter will be elected on Feb 26, 2016.

Blatter announced on June 2 that he was standing down, just four days after winning a fifth term with an election victory at a congress overshadowed by the arrest of seven soccer officials.