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Sunday 11 December 2016

Watch: Comedian Lee Nelson hijacks FIFA press conference and throws money at Sepp Blatter

The incident took place at an executive committee Meeting at Fifa Headquarters, Zurich (PA)
The incident took place at an executive committee Meeting at Fifa Headquarters, Zurich (PA)

An English comedian threw money at Sepp Blatter as the president of world football's governing body prepared to give details of the February 26 presidential election at a press conference.

Blatter, who announced at the start of June that he would be standing down as president of FIFA, was about to address the world's media in Zurich when Simon Brodkin interrupted proceedings before being hauled away by security staff.

Blatter left the stage and an official from the world governing body revealed that the press conference would be delayed.

Brodkin, better known by his alter-ego Lee Nelson, has a history of performing pranks and interrupted Kanye West's Glastonbury set last month.

Brodkin also attempted to warm up with Manchester City players ahead of their Barclays Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park in March 2013.

On Monday Brodkin was heard to say "Sepp, this is for North Korea in 2026" before throwing a wad of banknotes into the air as security guards ushered him away from the stage.

The press conference was delayed as organisers cleaned up the notes and Blatter returned to the stage approximately 10 minutes later.

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