The Newcastle fan who was seen punching a police horse during football violence on Sunday after the Tyne-Wear Derby has claimed the horse in question ‘started it.’
This one particular horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at me, that’s when I panicked and threw a punch at the horse. I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then punched him with my right, it was sheer panic.
It was an instant reaction, I didn’t go out to attack a horse. I’d like to apologise to the horse, to the mounted section and to the people of the north east.
Barry Rogerson, 45, from Morpeth, Northumberland, was caught on camera going toe to hoof with Bud the horse before he was hauled to the ground by officers.
Rogerson was one of 29 people arrested outside St. James’ Park after Newcastle United were beaten 3-0 by arch rivals Sunderland.
In another bizarre twist in the tale, Geordie Rogerson claimed he had covered his face with a scarf due to a filling he had done recently.
He also claimed to ‘love animals’, telling media, “I’ve got three dogs and a fish pond.”
Three members of the West Yorkshire police were injured during the clashes.
A police statement said Bud the horse has shown no signs of injuries after his plight, though he had been given some time off after his duties.
Sounds like he had a mare.