A serial streaker was celebrating today after chalking up a snooker coup at the Embassy World Championships in front of millions of viewers.
Mark Roberts, who bared all at this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, in Barcelona against a Real Madrid match last year and Royal Ascot, danced around the famous green baize at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Just before the start of last night’s final session, with Ronnie O’Sullivan poised to beat 200-1 outsider Graeme Dott, Roberts pulled off his clothes, ran down steps and on to the floor as the audience cheered.
He sported a pair of joke teeth, as did O’Sullivan when he picked up his trophy following his 18-8 victory, but Roberts denied they were a tribute to snooker’s elder statesman Ray Reardon.
The 39-year-old, of Kensington, Liverpool, said last night: “I have got away with it.
“I only wanted to have a laugh, I didn’t want to cause any friction in the game so I had to pick my moment.
“After the Super Bowl I didn’t plan anything for a while and I only decided to do this yesterday, so for just one day’s planning it has gone very well.”
He maintained his only aim was to get under the table to claim “psychological asylum, a helicopter out and the results of my 11-plus exam”.
Roberts, who later enjoyed a pint of beer in a Sheffield pub, said he was led away from the table by security officials and put in a changing room.
He was handed over to South Yorkshire Police who let him go.
“It was all done with a smile and a joke and the coppers were laughing about it,” he said.
The BBC apologised to any viewers who were shocked by the streak.
A spokesman added: “It is in the nature of live broadcasting that the unexpected can happen.”