Showered in prankster's fake dollars, Blatter makes quick exit
British comedian illegally gained entry to the Fifa headquarters in Zurich and threw dozens of fake banknotes over Sepp Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter walked out of a press conference held in Zurich after fake dollar bills were thrown at him by British comedian Lee Nelson on Monday.
Nelson, whose real name is Simon Brodkin, illegally gained entry to the FIFA headquarters in Zurich and threw dozens of fake banknotes over Blatter saying “this is for North Korea 2026.”
Footage of the incident that has been circulating the web shows Nelson then turned to address the press while Blatter, who later announced he would not stand for another term as FIFA president in the new elections having resigned earlier this year, waved for security guards to take the prankster away.
“This is nothing to do with football, we need to clean here first,” Blatter said before leaving the stage while the money was cleared and Nelson was being escorted out of the building.
Shortly after the stunt, Brodkin tweeted a photo of himself at the event from the account, with the message, “Excited to be at FIFA meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the NorthKorea2026 World Cup."
Blatter was speaking at the FIFA executive committee meeting to set the date for the extraordinary elective congress, which has now been confirmed as February 26 next year.