Simon Brodkin charged over pitch 'invasion'

Lee Nelson creator warmed up with Man City

Simon Brodkin has been charged after sneaking on to a Premiership football pitch yesterday.

The creator of Lee Nelson is to appear before the Liverpool Community Justice Centre on Wednesday, April 3, to be charged under the Football Offences Act.

The 1991 law makes it an offence ‘for a person at a designated football match to go onto the playing area, or any area adjacent to the playing area to which spectators are not generally admitted, without lawful authority or lawful excuse (which shall be for him to prove).’

Brodkin was dressed footballer Jason Bent, one of the characters in his new BBC Three series Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, when he got on to the pitch at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium yesterday.

With blonde highlights, designer stubble and Man City kit, he managed to take part in the pre-match warm-up alongside the visiting side’s squad.

After about five minutes he was spotted and escorted off the pitch by security and into the hands of police. He was reportedly heard shouting: 'Come on let me play. I've got 50 grand on me to score first' as he was led away.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum fine of £1,000.

Published: 17 Mar 2013

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