Newcastle fan apologises for punching police horse: 'I love animals, I’ve got 3 dogs & a fishpond'

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The Newcastle fan seen in the video above punching Bud the police horse square in the face during the fighting that broke out in Newcastle's city centre after Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby has apologised.

Magpies fan Barry Rogerson, 45, claims he is not a serial horse hater and only thumped Bud across the snout because he panicked when the shire horse suddenly lunged toward him after being spooked by a firecracker.

Mr Rogerson told the Daily Mirror:

“I reacted stupidly but I did not go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I’ve got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road.

“I am on medication and had been drinking, but that does not excuse what happened. [The footage] looks far worse than it was but that’s no excuse.”

Aha! The tried and trusted "some of my best friends are animals" defence.

Never fails.

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