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Soccer fan who punched horse gets 12 months in jail

Oct 24, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT


Remember the drunk dude who punched a horse following Sunderland’s 3-0 victory in last spring’s Tyne-Wear derby?

Yep, he’s going to prison. For 12 long months.

The man’s name is Barry Rogerson and, unsurprisingly, he had a few too many shandys back on April 14th. So, in his drunken rage he naturally decided to pick on a horse because well, Barry was excelling at being a drunk idiot.

Barry began by clapping his hands in the face of the horse (named Bud) before winding up and punching him square in the face. Being a tough thoroughbred, Bud didn’t fall over or buck. He just took it.

Barry’s mistake was not only in punching the equine, however, it was punching the equine while he was being ridden by a police officer. Which, as you can imagine, made it a pretty easy arrest for the West Yorkshire Police to make.

When Barry tried to explain that he’d had too much to drink and was fired up after yet another exciting installment of the Tyne-Wear derby (Sunderland v. Newcastle), Judge Paul Sloan showed no sympathy, sentencing him to 12 months in prison for violent disorder and banning him from attending any soccer matches in the U.K. for six years.

Good on ya, Judge Sloan!

In semi-awkward yet related news, the Tyne-Wear derby returns this Sunday at 9:30am ET on NBCSN. You can’t make this stuff up.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Mongo only pawn in the game of life.

    • schlom - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Hey, you can’t park that animal over there…

  2. bryaneverson - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Better than feeding the horse junk food. I mean, it could’ve been diabetic.

  3. talgrath - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    At least he didn’t do a donkey punch.

  4. larryharry59 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    What a waste of tax payers money. 12 months way way way excessive. You get less time for punching a person. Make him volunteer at a animal shelter or a place with horses. Punishment does not fit the crime. Also how can a judge ban a person from attending a private residence like a soccer stadium during a match? I can understand the league banning him from attending but how does a judge have the right to do such a thing?

    • larryharry59 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Barring a restraining order which this isnt since its only for 6 years and the league and club didnt ask for this.

    • bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      That idiot got what he deserved.

  5. bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    That’s good to hear. That drunk idiot deserves to be in jail.

  6. jrbdmb - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Would you get the same punishment for punching a drunk female Patriots fan at a Jets game? Perhaps we’ll soon find out.

    • bear06 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I think there’s more drunk Jets fans than drunk Patriots fans tbh.

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