Man wearing Sven-Goran Eriksson mask streaked during snooker

April 16, 2022
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Streakers are more of a phenomenon in large stadium events, but that hasn't stopped the Crucible from having one or two down the years.

And the first streaker to dare to streak where no one had before certainly left an impression. The man was able to jump beside the baize with just socks, a newspaper, and a Sven-Goran Eriksson mask.

The bemused crowd watched on in shock as the man attempted to protect his modesty while waving to the fans. He brought a halt to the first-round match between Paul Hunter and Quinten Hann, with the former getting more than an eyeful.

"The streaker was unbelievable. He came up to me, shook my hand and said 'Leeds United'," Hunter said after the match.

Hunter was born in Leeds, and a huge Whites fan, like the streaker, who was later identified as 36-year-old Andrew Slater from Doncaster. Slater had managed to ditch his clothes while in his seat without anyone apparently noticing, and he said: "I just did it for a laugh."

After his moment in the spotlight, Slater was apprehended by a security guard and later handed over to police by tournament officials.

If you had to wear a mask of one manager when streaking at the snooker, who would it be? Let us know in the comments section

23 Apr 2002: Jimmy White of England is held up during his first round match against Dominic Dale of Wales by a steaker in a Sven Goran Eriksson mask during the Embassy World Snooker Championships held at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
The streaker was later revealed as 36-year-old Andrew Slater

Eriksson inspired some bizarre tributes during his time in charge of the Three Lions.

With 'Football's Coming Home' ringing around homes in England ahead of the 2002 World Cup, one young fan went the extra mile. Tom Sylvester, 10, shaved his head to look like the balding Swede.

"There are quite a lot of people in the school who dress up like David Beckham and I thought 'heck, Sven will be different'," said 10-year-old Tom at the time.

"When I first had it done it was almost bald and I thought people would laugh at me but they haven't they've started liking it."

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