Tuesday 24 April 2018

Blatter embarrassed by prankster’s shower of bank notes

Sepp Blatter covered in bank notes
Sepp Blatter covered in bank notes

Nina Massey in Zurich

A PRANKSTER who previously stormed the Glastonbury stage during Kanye West’s set has made another unscheduled appearance by throwing money at FIFA boss Sepp Blatter during a press conference.

British comedian Simon Brodkin – in his character of Jason Bent – barged in front of the 79-year-old at FIFA HQ in Zurich and laid down a wad of cash.

Security led Brodkin away but not before he tossed another bundle of dollars in the air.

Mr Blatter was heard saying that the stunt “was not about football” before stepping out of the room for a short time.

Shortly after the stunt, Brodkin tweeted a photo of himself gatecrashing the event from the account @Jason9Bent, with the message: “Excited to be at FIFA meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup.”

During rapper West’s headline set on Glastonbury, Brodkin appeared on stage as Nelson wearing a T-shirt with ‘Lee-Zus’ on it before being removed.

The FIFA press conference was to discuss the announcement that the football body will hold an election to replace embattled Blatter on February 26.

Mr Blatter has promised to step down by early next year. The group’s board yesterday discussed the election and changes that may prevent some practices that the US Justice Department alleges were part of two decades of “rampant” corruption.

The meeting returns executives to Zurich, where seven colleagues were arrested on May 27. The US charges prompted Blatter to pledge that he would step down – four days after being re-elected to a fifth term.

Meanwhile, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, who was extradited to the US to face racketeering charges, has provided an astonishing way to pay his €10m bail bond.

The indicted official pledged 11 luxury watches, 10 properties and three cars to secure the $10m bond that provided his release from custody.

According to an order setting the conditions for release, Mr Webb secured the bond with  five Rolex watches plus a Cartier Roadster, Hublot, Breitling, Panerai, Royal Oak Offshore and Luminor Marina.

Mr Webb has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and bribery charges, part of an indictment of nine soccer officials and five marketing executives.

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