Monday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he will definitely not be running for reelection. However, before he did, right before he started his press conference…this happened.
¿TE TENTASTE BLATTER? El comediante Lee Nelson interrumpió el congreso de la FIFA e hizo esto: pic.twitter.com/HPXPjd0sHX
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The culprit was Simon Brodkin – also known by his stage name, Lee Nelson – a British comedian who, according to the ‘Daily Mail‘, is well known for “performing numerous pranks under various alter-ego guises”. The man nonchalantly walked up to Blatter’s seat on the stage and flung a shower of fake dollar bills over the leader’s head, before being removed from the premises by security staff.
“This is for North Korea 2026,” Brodkin said.
The event was momentary stopped for about 10 minutes while personnel removed all of the fake cash from the stage. After that, Blatter returned to his seat and went on with the press conference.
“I am still alive, the waves of the tsunami have not taken me away,” he joked.
On a more serious note, however, Blatter announced that FIFA has already set a date for a new president to take charge, and also dissipated many fears by confirming that he will not be running for reelection.
“On the 26th of February FIFA will have a new president. I cannot be the new president because I am the old president,” he said.
It is a confirmation, though, that many take with a pinch of salt given Blatter’s tendency to quickly take back his position on different issues – only a few weeks ago, after several FIFA members were arrested for alleged corruption charges, Blatter announced his resignation, only to recant a few days later.
Nonetheless, it does seem like this time Blatter has finally recognized that his days in power have come to an end, and is now just trying to go out with a bang.
“[I will] make sure that when at the end of February I come at the end of my career I can say the FIFA have started again – with the reforms,” he said.
According to the ‘New York Times‘, U.S. officials have confirmed that Blatter is currently a focus of a federal corruption investigation.