Sepp Blatter cash protest: Simon Brodkin throws money at press conference (VIDEO).

FIFA’s Disgraced President Got a Wad of Cash Thrown on Him in Front of Reporters

FIFA’s Disgraced President Got a Wad of Cash Thrown on Him in Front of Reporters

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July 20 2015 12:01 PM

Sepp Blatter Showered in $1 Bills in Front of Reporters

FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on with fake dollars note flying around him thrown by a protester during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. FIFA said today that a special election will be held on February 26 to replace president Sepp Blatter. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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In his first press conference since he said he would resign as FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter planned to talk about the special election to find his replacement at the most powerful governing body in sports.

Instead, moments into the conference, Simon Brodkin—a onetime medical doctor, now comedian who performs as the character Lee Nelson—stood before the disgraced 79-year-old executive. As seen in the clip above, Brokin began addressing the crowd about a faux North Korean bid for the 2026 World Cup. Blatter, helplessly, asks no one in particular, “Where is my security? Where is my security?”


Security does arrive to escort Brokin away—but not before the 38-year-old comedian turned to throw a wad of cash in the air, making dollar bills rain over Blatter’s head as if he were in a Lil Wayne music video. Blatter quickly rose and walked to a dimly lit podium on the other side of the stage where, in obvious shock, he addressed the crowd: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have to clean here first. Otherwise I will not be able to speak to you ladies and gentlemen when we talk about football. This has nothing to do with football.”

Blatter’s displeasure in the charade is clear, but as we all know, his real irritation stems from the fact the comedian merely threw singles.

Nick Mafi is an Iranian-American writer living in New York City. He has published articles in GQ, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, and The Daily Beast.