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Swiss police charge Lee Nelson with trespassing following Fifa stunt

Comedian Lee Nelson – real name Simon Brodkin – has been charged with trespassing following a stunt on Monday (20 July) which saw him crash a Fifa press conference and shower president Sepp Blatter with a wad of fake notes.

Appearing as his football character Jason Bent, Nelson took to the stage in Zurich declaring the fake cash was “for North Korea 2026” adding fuel to corruption allegations against the Blatter and football’s governing body.

A spokesperson from Zurich City Police commented: “We arrested this man and he was interrogated and released yesterday. He will be charged for trespassing because he wasn’t allowed to enter the building.”

Swiss prosecutors now need to decide whether or not the comedian will face trial.

“Trespassing in Switzerland is prosecuted by request, like other minor crimes,” the spokesperson added.

Nelson has form for pulling stunts like this, he made headlines in June when he crashed Kanye West’s Glastonbury set and in November 2014 when he invaded the X Factor stage to join boyband Stereo Kicks.