Sepp Blatter, Outgoing FIFA Chief, Showered With Cash in Stunt

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By Erin McClam

Sepp Blatter, the outgoing president of scandal-scarred FIFA, settled in for a press conference on Monday and got a surprise instead — a shower of cash tossed by a prankster.

A British comedian in a suit and tie walked up to Blatter at the appearance in Zurich and told him the cash was to support a North Korean bid for the World Cup in 2026. He tossed the wad of bills after an alarmed Blatter demanded: “Where is my security?”

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Security took the man away. Blatter took a break, returned for the press conference and said, “I just called my late mother, and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education.’”

Blatter announced earlier this year that he would relinquish the most powerful job in soccer after FIFA executives were indicted by American prosecutors on corruption charges. FIFA will elect a new president on Feb. 26, according to the Associated Press.

Blatter blamed his resignation on "pressure" from "authorities," "political interference" and the media, the AP reported.

"I had to do something very special and I did it," Blatter said. "In footballing terms, I kicked the ball out of the field to stop something."