The FIFA president Sepp Blatter walked out of a press conference after being showered with dollar bills by a British comedian.
Comedian Simon Brodkin, better known as his alter ego Lee Nelson, ran onto the stage to throw money at Blatter as he announced himself as a North Korean World Cup delegate, shouting that it was for a fake North Korea bid for the 2026 World Cup.
“This is nothing to do with football … we need to clean here first,” Blatter said before leaving the stage while Nelson being ejected from the building.
Blatter is just the latest victim of prankster Nelson, among his other infamous appearances such as interrupting Kanye West’s headline slot at the Glastonbury festival in June, attempting to board the England World Cup plane and joining Manchester City football team as they warmed-up ahead of a match in 2013.
Following the front act from Nelson, the FIFA executive committee meeting set the special elective congress to elect Blatter’s successor on February 26, which means Blatter will remain in power for another seven months.
Blatter also confirmed that he will not run for re-election in 2016, wishing good luck to all the candidates and to Michel Platini.
“On February 26 FIFA will have a new president and I think I will go back to my work as a journalist — this time I will go to radio as this is the most popular item in information,” said Blatter.
Platini has been set to be the favorite to win FIFA presidency at 6/4 along with Prince Ali, followed by Sheik Ahmad Al-Sabah at 7/1 and David Gill at 14/1.
Blatter also announced that a new FIFA task force will be created to set term limits, perform integrity checks, and disclose salaries and payment for FIFA executive committee members.
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