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WORLD football ex­ec­u­tives are no strangers to piles of cash, but Sepp Blat­ter looked unim­pressed when a Bri­tish co­me­dian show­ered him with fake dol­lars.

Si­mon Brod­kin gate­crashed a press con­fer­ence de­signed to de­fend FIFA’s rep­u­ta­tion – leav­ing Blat­ter, 79, shaken as the notes flut­tered around him at FIFA head­quar­ters.

Brod­kin, who uses the stage name Lee Nel­son, walked in front of Blat­ter as he an­nounced the date of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Brod­kin placed ban­knotes on Blat­ter’s desk and then ex­plained that he was rep­re­sent­ing a “North Korea 2026” bid for the World Cup.

As se­cu­rity guards took Brod­kin away he shouted “here you go Sepp” and threw more notes in the air.

When the press con­fer­ence started Blat­ter apol­o­gised and blamed the in­ci­dent on “a lack of ed­u­ca­tion”. “This has noth­ing to do with football,” he added.

Brod­kin is a re­peat gate­crasher – he in­vaded the stage dur­ing rap­per Kanye West’s set at the Glastonbury mu­sic fes­ti­val last month and was wres­tled off the stage by a se­cu­rity guard.

Main pic­ture: AFP

ON THE MONEY: FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter looks on as fake dol­lars fly around him, thrown by co­me­dian edian Si­monSim Simo Brod­kin ( be­low be­low).

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