Simon Brodkin Charged with Trespassing over FIFA Stunt
Comedian Simon Brodkin – aka Lee Nelson – has been charged with trespass over his Sepp Blatter stunt at the FIFA Press conference.
The front man of BBC comedy series, Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show, took to showering the FIFA president with fake cash as Blatter went to address reporters in Zurich on Monday 20th July. Brodkin appeared as his football character Jason Brent, declaring – as the money was thrown – that it was “for North Korea 2026.”
Brodkin, who also made headlines last month by storming Kanye West’s stage at Glastonbury festival, was arrested, interrogated and released Tuesday, according to a Zurich City Police spokesperson. They went on to say: “He will be charged for trespassing because he wasn’t allowed to enter the building.”
However, it is up to Swiss prosecutors to decide whether to take the issue to trial, with the spokesperson adding: “Trespassing in Switzerland is just prosecuted by request, like other minor crimes.”
The press conference was being held to announce plans to change FIFA’s governing body, and to announce the date for the presidential election, with the organisation going on to announce that it will take place on February 26 2016.