British Comedian Involved in FIFA Prank Charged With Trespassing
Simon Brodkin showered Sepp Blatter in fake money at the organization's press conference on Monday.
Sepp Blatter might get the last laugh after all.
Just days after the embattled FIFA president was showered in fake money at a press conference for the world soccer organization, the British comedian at the center of the prank has been arrested and charged by Swiss authorities.
Simon Brodkin — who goes by the name Lee Nelson — stormed the stage on Monday, throwing bundles of fake dollar bills over Blatter and claiming that it was "for North Korea in 2026" before being dragged away by security.
"We arrested this man and he was interrogated and released yesterday," a Zurich City Police spokesperson said on Wednesday. "He will be charged for trespassing because he wasn't allowed to enter the building."
In Switzerland, trespassing is treated like other minor crimes and prosecuted by request.
"If there will be a trial it is still to be decided by the prosecutor," the spokesperson added.
Two years ago, Brodkin — whose show Lee Nelson's Well Funny People aired on the BBC in 2013 — was arrested for sneaking onto a soccer pitch and training for several minutes with the Manchester City team while wearing the club's kit.
See the video of Blatter being showered with fake money below.