Simon Brodkin, the British comedian who made international headlines Monday by tossing fake money that cascaded down on outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter during a press conference in Zurich, will be charged with trespassing for the stunt, reported Sky Sports News on Tuesday. Brodkin, commonly known by the alias Lee Nelson, shouted out in front of Blatter -- whose administration has been plagued by allegations of corruption -- that the money was for the World Cup in "North Korea, 2026."
BREAKING: British comedian Simon Brodkin to be charged with trespassing by Swiss authorities after throwing money at Sepp Blatter #SSNHQ
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Brodkin, 38, was arrested and released after questioning. "He will be charged for trespassing because he wasn't allowed to enter the building," a police spokesman said, according to the BBC. It was still undetermined if there will be a trial, however.
"If there will be a trial, it is still to be decided by the prosecutor. Trespassing in Switzerland is just prosecuted by request like other minor crimes," the police spokesman said, according to the BBC.
The incident provided memorable images and sparked reactions online. Brodkin was dressed as a North Korean official as he took to the stage, according to Bleacher Report. He then said, "Sepp, this is for North Korea in 2026. Cheers, Sepp -- it's all there," according to the Telegraph.
Blatter appeared to have gestured for security, who would later take Brodkin away. Before he was taken away, however, the comedian threw a wad of bills in the air.
Comedian Simon Brodkin to be charged with trespassing after throwing money at Sepp Blatter pic.twitter.com/FkOkQ8e1V5
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This was not the first time Brodkin has found himself in hot water over stunts. In the past Brodkin has crashed the warm-ups of English soccer team Manchester City, attempted to board the England national team plane and most recently interrupted Kanye West's performance at Glastonbury's music festival.
The FIFA Executive Committee and Blatter held the conference Monday in Zurich to announce that they would hold a congress in February, during which a new FIFA president was expected to be elected. They also announced a series of reforms that would be submitted to the congress in February aimed at increasing accountability.
The major changes come after several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested in May by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with corruption allegations. Swiss authorities also announced they were looking into potential corruption in the bidding process concerning the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Blatter was reelected as FIFA president in May, but he later announced he would step down on June 2.