Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter walked out of a FIFA press conference after being showered with money thrown by a British comedian, Simon Brodkin, on this day 5 years ago.
The stage was set for Blatter to deliver a few words as the FIFA executive committee and world’s media gathered, humiliation by Brodkin, stole the headlines.
Blatter was expected to announce when the election for the next FIFA president would take place when Brodkin arrived, put money on the podium, and then threw it in the air.
Brodkin was heard to say, “Sepp, this is for North Korea in 2026” before throwing a wad of banknotes into the air as security guards ushered him away from the stage.
The stunt was a mocking swipe at the widespread corruption at the heart of FIFA that was the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI.
Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from football for payments to one-time adviser Michel Platini which were deemed illegal.
The ban comes to an end in October 2021.
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By Ofhani Munyai