Football fan who punched horse admits violent disorder

Football fan who punched horse admits violent disorder

A football fan who punched a horse after his team lost to their arch-rivals has admitted violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, was charged after police and Newcastle fans clashed in the city following the Tyne-Wear derby in April.

Bud the West Yorkshire Police horse, was luckily not injured in the attack.

Rogerson, had denied the charge at first, he is going to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on 24th October.

He was caught on camera with a scarf over his face punching the horse.

Rogerson, and five other defendants who also admitted violent disorder, were granted conditional bail, including that they stay away from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and England games.

Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle, said the "serious offence" could result in jail terms for Rogerson and the others.

"The court will have all sentencing options, including of course immediate imprisonment, open to it at the sentencing hearing," he said.

"Please don't think anything other than imprisonment is going to be passed for this offence."