Newcastle United Fan Jailed for Punching Horse Last Season
With the Tyne-Wear derby set for this weekend, police will be keeping a close eye on fans from both Newcastle United and Sunderland. As one of England's most heated rivalries, the derby is sure to provoke passions—just like it did last season.
Sharp-eyed readers might remember the story of Newcastle supporter Barry Rogerson, who made headlines for some interesting antics after his side's 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland last April. About 100 fans were charged following clashes with police, but Rogerson was unique in his choice of targets.
The BBC reports:
A Newcastle United fan who punched a police horse when trouble flared following his side's defeat to Sunderland has been jailed for a year.
Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, Northumberland, squared up to Bud, from West Yorkshire's mounted section, while wearing a scarf over his face.
Almost 100 Newcastle fans were charged following clashes with police after the game at St James' Park.
Rogerson pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to violent disorder.
He was also given a six-year football banning order.
Previously, Rogerson had told the BBC that he is "not a thug," but Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert had some harsh-ish words nonetheless. "His behaviour is clearly unacceptable and he was widely condemned by law abiding and right thinking members of the public for his actions," Calvert said.
The horse, if you were wondering, was not injured.
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