Comedian Simon Brodkin cautioned over football pitch stunt
A comedian who warmed up with the Manchester City team on the pitch before a Premier League match has escaped prosecution.
Simon Brodkin, star of BBC Three's Lee Nelson's Well Good Show, was given a six-month conditional caution at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre.
The stunt took place at Everton v Manchester City's match at Goodison Park in Liverpool on 16 March.
Mr Brodkin, 35, from north London, had dressed as one of his characters.
He was later charged with going on to the playing area, contrary to the Football Offences Act.
At his court appearance earlier, Julian Peers, for the prosecution, invited District Judge Ian Lomax to take an "alternative course to prosecution".
The judge agreed to the charge being withdrawn and Mr Brodkin was given a six-month conditional caution.
Raymond Shaw, defending, told the court that Brodkin wanted to apologise for the inconvenience he caused.
"It was intended to be a humorous act and intended to be funny," the solicitor said.
"It is clear from the television footage that some of the players were amused but he didn't know it was a criminal offence.
"He expressed his remorse immediately when he was spoken to by the club and the police and he does so again now."