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British comedian showers FIFA's Blatter with fake money

sports Updated: Aug 12, 2015 16:19 IST
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British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws fake money bills at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a news conference in Zurich on July 20, 2015. (Reuters Photo)

Sepp Blatter's news conference at FIFA was disrupted and delayed on Monday by a British comedian's stunt.

As Blatter took his seat, performer Lee Nelson (real name Simon Brodkin) rose from a front-row seat to speak and shower the FIFA president with what appeared to be fake money bills.

"This is for North Korea 2026," Nelson said as he put the notes on the desk in front of Blatter.

"Thank you very much. As a North Korean football ambassador, I'm delighted that I've been able to seal the deal with FIFA and North Korea for the 2026 World Cup. It makes sense for everyone."

Nelson was apparently staging a 'protest' over Blatter's reign despite the corruption scandal swirling around the world football body.

Lee Nelson (real name Simon Brodkin) holds the fake banknotes in front of FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the news conference before showering it. (Reuters Photo)

Throwing money in the air as security led him away, Nelson said: "Here we go Sepp. Thank you. Cheers Sepp. It's all there, as discussed. Thank you. Good doing business."

The comedian also tried to disrupt a performance by Kanye West at the Glastonbury festival in Britain last month.

On Monday, he was ushered out of the auditorium at FIFA headquarters.

Blatter said he would leave the room because "we have to clean here first."

A woman collects the fake money bills after the disruption. (AP Photo)

"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.

At an earlier executive committee meeting, FIFA set February 26 election date to replace Blatter.