Prankster arrested for joining Man City warm-up at Everton | inside World Soccer

A BBC prankster's joke backfired on Saturday when he was arrested after invading the pitch and warming up with Manchester City players prior to their fixture at Everton.

Security officials remove a prankster who tried to join Manchester City's warm-up
Security officials remove a prankster who tried to join Manchester City's warm-up

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It is thought that Simon Brodkin was playing his footballer alter ego, Jason Bent, as a prank for a forthcoming BBC hit series "Lee Nelson's Well Good Show".

Clad in City's maroon away kit with "Bent 9" on the back, Brodkin somehow managed to get on the pitch at Goodison Park as the likes of Joe Hart and David Silva warmed up before the match.

Eventually, security staff noticed the man and quickly escorted him away amid cheers from the crowd.

"Simon was doing some meeting fans on the street and having picture's taken as his football character Jason Bent for his Facebook fan page," said Brodkin's agent to The Daily Mail.

"He was then going to see the game as he's a big Man City fan and I think the prankster in him couldn't resist it."

Brodkin was previously arrested last November which saw him steal his own DVD and get chased by a fake policeman only to be detained by a real cop until the confusion was cleared up.

In a bizarre twist, the same fixture last season was held up when a man ran on to the field and handcuffed himself to a goalpost in protest at airline Ryanair.


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