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This 36-ft Sepp Blatter effigy is to be burned on Guy Fawkes night

The effigy of the football governing body chief will go up in flames in Edenbridge
The effigy of the football governing body chief will go up in flames in Edenbridge

A 36ft-tall effigy of outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter will be burned at a town's annual bonfire celebrations this weekend.

A steel-framed model of the scandal-hit football governing body chief will go up in flames in Edenbridge, Kent.

The figure, seen carrying wads of cash, the World Cup and a football, will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers, packed with fireworks and torched on Saturday.

Bonfire society members said Blatter was the overwhelming choice for this year's celebrity effigy.

Society co-ordinator Charles Laver said: "Blatter was the obvious choice really. We did put some thought into who else it could be but he was in the news at the time the decision was made so we went for him.

"We started building it two weeks ago, and we are pleased with the result. We are getting better year after year."

Other names which had been in the frame were Russian president Vladimir Putin, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been poking fun at the famous and infamous for 20 years by building and exploding a huge effigy alongside their traditional figure of Guy Fawkes.

Last year an effigy of outspoken media personality and ex-Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins was burned by the bonfire society.

Other well-known figures who have had the dubious honour of being the celebrity guy at Edenbridge's celebrations in past years include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.