Barry Rogerson, 45, was one of many soccer fans who got caught up in the intense rivalry, revelry and subsequent rioting and violence following the Newcastle United vs. Sunderland Tyne-Wear derby on April 14 in the U.K.
On Oct. 24, according to ABC News, a British judge sentenced Rogerson to 12 months in prison for his actions last April.
Upset and drunk following Newcastle’s loss to Sunderland, Rogerson started clapping in the face of a police horse and then punched the horse in the head. Rogerson was arrested along with a few other of the riotous fans, and was charged with violent disorder.
Judge Paul Sloan said that the police officer riding “Bud” the horse could have suffered severe injury had he been thrown from Bud due to Rogerson’s actions. Judge Sloan also banned Rogerson from attending any soccer matches in the U.K. for six years.
The Daily Mail also quoted Judge Sloan as saying to Rogerson during the sentencing:
'You attended the football match and by the time it ended you were much the worse for drink.’
'You had taken it in conjunction with prescription medicine knowing you should not have done so.’
'The crowd surged forward on two occasions and after the first surge you walked amongst the horses clapping your hands in excitement or pleasure at the events.’
'Someone tried to pull you away but you pushed him away.’
'A horse started to move towards you and you were told to move back, you had plenty of opportunities to move away.
'You stood your ground and attacked the horse by punching it in the head.’
'There was a risk of serious injury, the officer could easily have been thrown from the horse and could have sustained serious injury.'
To see images from the riot and Barry Rogerson punching the police horse, see the video accompanying this article.
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