ZURICH, Switzerland (CelebrityAccess) — Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter was forced to halt a news conference when UK-based comedian Lee Nelson threw a pile of money at Blatter, telling him "Here you go, Sepp."
In a video of the prank, Nelson can be seen trying to hand Blatter a large handful of what appears to be banknotes, implying that it was a payment for an alleged 2026 World Cup competition to be held in North Korea. Then, as security is leading Nelson away, he hurls the pile of money into the air over blatter's head.
Prior to interrupting the press conference, he posted on the Twitter account of his alter ego, Jason Bent, saying: "Excited to be at Fifa meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup." – Staff Writers
Nelson, one of the stage names of Simon Brodkin, is known for his pranks, including interrupting Kanye West during his recent appearance at Glastonbury and joining players of professional sports teams for warm-up sessions.
Blatter was speaking at FIFA's executive committee meeting, which had been called schedule the extraordinary elective congress, which will take place in February 2016. Blatter, though implicated in a wide-ranging bribery scandal connected to the selection of host cities for World Cup events, remains president of the organization and has recanted on plans to resign. – Staff Writers