Man Gets Year in Jail ... for Punching Horse

Soccer fan got a little too upset after losing game

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 24, 2013 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – His team lost to a bitter rival, so Barry Rogerson did what any self-respecting British soccer fan would do: He punched a police horse in the head. Now the 45-year-old is going to jail for a year, reports SkySports. The judge said Rogerson had plenty of chances to move away from the horse during the melee that resulted after a match involving his beloved Newcastle United, notes the BBC. The horse wasn't injured, Rogerson has since apologized, and his lawyer says he has suffered "the humiliation of almost constant press coverage about his involvement." Then again, he punched a horse in the head.

A file photo of Barry Rogerson arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court in northeast England.
A file photo of Barry Rogerson arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court in northeast England.   (AP Photo/ Tom White, PA)
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