Have you ever thrown fake money at a disgraced official at a press conference for an international sporting body?
If you have, you’re not alone.
Simon Brodkin – the brains behind comic creations Lee Nelson and Jason Bent, walked up to Sepp Blatter at a press conference in Zurich posing as dim-witted spoof footballer Jason Bent. Mr. Brodkin then placed a wad of fake bank notes on the table in front of Mr. Blatter and stated that they had been sent by North Korea in return for them hosting the 2026 football world cup.
Brodkin then turned to address onlookers whilst Mr. Blatter urgently motioned for security to take him away – but not before he managed to toss a large bundle of notes into the air which created a cascade around the outgoing FIFA president.
Blatter had been due to speak after a date for the vote on his replacement had been announced and as he sat down to take his seat, Brodkin rose to speak before showering the disgraced FIFA President with the fake money.
Brodkin was briskly ushered out of the auditorium by security and Mr. Blatter announced that he would be leaving the room because: “we have to clean here first. This has nothing to do with football.”
Blatter then returned several minutes later and joked that he had just called his late mother who said, “Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education,” about Mr. Brodkin.
Brodkin later tweeted a photo of himself at the event from his @Jason9Bent twitter account with the message: ‘Excited to be at FIFA meeting Sepp Blatter to secure the #NorthKorea2026 World Cup.’
— Jason Bent (@Jason9Bent) 20 July 2015
The incident took place at the first meeting of FIFA’s executive committee after the corruption crisis where several leading FIFA officials were arrested following an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Have a look at the video clip below and consider how badly your career would be affected if you were thrown out of an important press briefing for throwing fake money at the head of the organisation in question – it’s fair to say that you might have to pretend to be a famous footballer if you ever hope to get past security at such an event again in the future!