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British Comedian To Be Charged By Police After Throwing Cash At Sepp Blatter

The stunt was carried out by British comedian Simon Brodkin at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich. Update: Brodkin was arrested and is to be charged with trespassing.

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Simon Brodkin is to be charged by the Swiss authorities with trespassing, the BBC has reported.

"He will be charged for trespassing because he wasn't allowed to enter the building," the broadcaster quoted a police spokesman as saying.

"If there will be a trial it is still to be decided by the prosecutor. Trespassing in Switzerland is just prosecuted by request like other minor crimes."

The 38-year-old was arrested but released after questioning on Monday.

British comedian Simon Brodkin – better known as his character Lee Nelson – stormed into a FIFA press conference on Monday afternoon and threw a pile of cash at FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter had sat down at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich to announce the date of an extraordinary FIFA congress to elect his successor when Brodkin made the protest in the guise of another his characters, footballer Jason Bent.

British comedian Lee Nelson throws cash at Sepp Blatter - press conference now delayed

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A short while after the stunt the Jason Bent Twitter account posted a message suggesting it was a joke about North Korea bidding for the World Cup in 2026.

Excited to be at FIFA meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup.

A short video clip of the incident can be watched here:

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In it, Blatter can be heard asking for his security while Brodkin talks about a North Korea bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Brodkin then says "here you go, Sepp" as he showers the FIFA president with fake cash before being escorted out of the room.

Brodkin was later photographed being driven away by Swiss police.

.@RealLeeNelson taken away by Swiss police following Fifa prank.

Last month, Brodkin (in the guise of Nelson) invaded the stage at Glastonbury Festival during Kanye West's headline set.

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He was swiftly bundled off the stage by security following his stunt.

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He said he thought Kanye "needed a hand".

Some people were saying Kanye shouldn't headline Glastonbury so I thought I'd give him a hand.

Brodkin is best known in the UK for his BBC comedy series Lee Nelson's Well Good Show, which ran for two seasons in 2010 and 2011.

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BuzzFeed News has contacted Brodkin's publicist for comment.

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