Play was disrupted on the World Championship after a protester climbed on to a desk and coated it in an orange powder.
There have been gasps from the group as the person interrupted Monday’s match between Robert Milkins and Joe Perry.
One other protester tried to connect herself to the desk the place Mark Allen and Fan Zhengyi have been taking part in however was stopped by referee Olivier Marteel.
A person and a girl have been later arrested by South Yorkshire Police.
Milkins and Perry’s sport was deserted and can resume at 19:00 BST on Tuesday, whereas Allen and Fan re-started after a 40-minute break.
The protesters each wore T-shirts apparently in assist of the group of local weather change activists Simply Cease Oil, who subsequently posted on-line to assert accountability for the disruption to the occasion.
Milkins and Perry have been on desk one on the Crucible when a person entered the taking part in space, jumped and knelt on the desk earlier than emptying a bag of orange powder over it.
On the similar time on the desk subsequent door, a girl tried to connect herself to the desk, however was stopped by Marteel, solely managing to seize maintain of the center pocket.
Marteel prevented the lady from accessing the desk earlier than safety arrived and carried each protesters away.
Employees then started to scrub up, with grasp of ceremonies Rob Walker seen hoovering the desk in a bid to attempt to get their match again beneath means as rapidly as attainable.
Whereas play resumed within the Allen v Fan match, the opposite desk was coated and might be re-clothed in a single day with the second session of Milkins and Perry’s assembly – which was initially due on Tuesday – rescheduled for Thursday from 09:30 BST.
Simply Cease Oil have disrupted plenty of sporting occasions, with some people making an attempt to tie themselves to goalposts throughout Premier League matches.
Yorkshire Police stated they’d arrested a 30-year-old man and a 52-year-old girl on suspicion of prison injury over the incident.
‘It might have been quite a bit worse’
After the conclusion of his 10-5 win over Fan, UK Champion Allen informed BBC Sport: “I feel I used to be the final particular person in the entire area to work out what was happening as a result of I used to be centered on the shot I used to be about to play.
“I heard a bang, that I believed it was on the opposite desk after which I turned spherical and there was a girl on my desk.
“It might have been quite a bit worse – you noticed what occurred on the opposite desk and the way a lot disruption it induced.
“It was a surreal second however I really feel like even speaking about it’s giving them airtime they do not deserve as a result of they’re simply idiots. What are they attempting to realize from what they’ve carried out? I’m positive there are higher methods to get their level throughout.”
Talking on the BBC Crimson Button, on the time of the incident, seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry stated: “I’ve by no means seen that earlier than at a snooker occasion. It is a first.
“It’s scary. Wow! You simply hope the fabric may be recovered from that. It caught us all without warning after which this occurs.
“For me, immediately as a snooker participant I’m pondering: ‘Is the desk recoverable?’ We do not know what that’s on the desk.”
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