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

(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.

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Oct 25, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
I remember reading about Steve McQueen, when he was doing the series, "Wanted: Dead or Alive", and his horse kept biting him. The second or third time he did it, Steve hauled off and punched him right between the eyes. No word on if the horse learned his lesson. :)
Oct 25, 2013 12:10 AM CDT
Glad to hear that, in this case, the horse...whinnied.
Oct 24, 2013 11:46 PM CDT
I did much the same as a youngster punching her in the nose when my saddle horse bit me in the middle of my back as I was cleaning the manger in her stall. She reared up and slammed her head into a beam above the stall fell down and never bit anyone again. I am surprised that he didn't break his fist or some knuckles if he hit a horse hard enough to do any damage. He is very fortunate that he did not get trampled for his trouble.