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Man guilty of Super Bowl streak
Mark Roberts
Roberts said he was relieved with the verdict
A man who streaked at the US Super Bowl has been found guilty of criminal trespass and fined $1,000 (550).

Mark Roberts, 39, from Kensington, Liverpool, could have been jailed for six months after he ran onto the pitch in Texas last February.

He tore off a fake referee's striped uniform and did a jig in only a thong.

Roberts, who has streaked at events including the Commonwealth Games in 2002, and Wimbledon, said he was relieved at the sentence.

He said: "I have done the Super Bowl. It's the holy grail of streaking.

"Even if I went to jail you can't take that away from me."

Earlier, he had told reporters: "If making people laugh is a criminal offence, then they should send me to prison for life."

Roberts was knocked off his feet at the Reliant Stadium, by New England Patriots player Matt Chatham, before police carried him away.

At the time the streak was largely overshadowed by the more reported incident involving the singer Janet Jackson, who bared a breast during a dance routine with Justin Timberlake.

Sharon Levine, defending, had told the jury Roberts had not trespassed because there were no signs in the stadium telling the public to keep off the field.

Public nuisance

However, prosecutor Kristin Guiney said Roberts' behaviour could not be tolerated in post-9/11 America.

Roberts admitted he breached Super Bowl security by wearing the fake referee's uniform.

He hit the headlines in 2002 when he stripped in front of the Earl and Countess of Wessex as they watched the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and streaked during the men's 100m final at the City of Manchester Stadium

He was charged with causing a public nuisance and bound over to keep the peace in the sum of 400.

He has previously been seen at Hampden Park, Glasgow, for the Champions League Final and at the Wimbledon tennis championships.




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