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Comic cautioned over soccer stunt

Comedian Simon Brodkin, who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players, has escaped prosecution.

The 35-year-old was given a conditional caution at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre following the stunt ahead of Manchester City's away game against Everton at Goodison Park on March 16.

Brodkin, from north London, had dressed as one of his characters, footballer Jason Bent, with blond highlights, shark-fin haircut and designer stubble to blend in with the likes of England's Joe Hart and Gareth Barry ahead of kick-off.

Simon Brodkin, who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players, has escaped prosecution. Credit: PA Wire

The qualified doctor, who has his own sketch show on BBC Three, was later charged with going on to the playing area, contrary to the Football Offences Act.

But at his court appearance today, 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The judge agreed to the charge being withdrawn and Brodkin was issued with a six-month conditional caution.

Raymond Shaw, defending, told the court that Brodkin wanted to apologise for the inconvenience he caused.