March 18, 2013 10:59
Lee Nelson star Simon Brodkin charged by police after sneaking onto Goodison Park pitch
Comedian spent five minutes on the pitch dressed in a Manchester City kit before being spotted
Comedian Simon Brodkin - best known as the star of Lee Nelson's Well Good Show - was charged with pitch encroachment yesterday after going on to the pitch at Everton's ground Goodison Park before their Premier League game with Manchester City.
Dressed in full City strip, he began warming up and stretching alongside City players Joe Hart and Kolo Toure before being spotted and escorted off and arrested under the Football Offences Act. Brodkin was in the guise of his character Jason Bent, a vain, idiotic professional footballer, and star of spoof reality show '110 Per Cent Bent'.
Brodkin will appear at Liverpool Community Justice Centre on April 3. City goalkeeper Joe Hart and coach David Platt were first to notice Brodkin, before stewards realised what was happening. Police said it did not delay the start of the match, which Everton won 2-0.
A spokesperson for Brodkin said: "Simon was doing some meetings with fans on the street and having pictures taken as his football character Jason Bent for his Facebook page. He was then going to see the game as he's a big Manchester City fan and I think the prankster in him couldn't resist."
Witnesses said he remained in character the whole time, and was heard pleading to be allowed to play and shouting "Just give me the first 10 minutes," as he was being led away. It's expected footage of the prank will end up in Brodkin's next series. See images of the stunt below.
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