Newcastle lout who punched horse apologises and says he loves animals
06:07 GMT, 17 April 2013
07:00 GMT, 17 April 2013
The Newcastle lout who punched a police horse during ugly scenes after the Tyne-Wear derby insisted he was an animal lover who was acting self-defence.
Shamed Barry Rogerson said he was living in fear after his name and address were posted on the internet by animal rights activists.
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Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud
I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him
Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday
Rogerson was pictured aiming a right
hook at the Shire-cross, named Bud, as Newcastle fans ran amok after
losing 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday.
But the 45-year-old, who lives near Morpeth, Northumberland, claimed the footage, posted on YouTube, gave the wrong impression.
Rogerson said he had pulled a scarf over his face because a filling had fallen out of a front tooth.
And he only hit out in panic after the horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at him.
Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines
Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans
living on disability benefits after quitting a factory job in 2005
because of a lung condition, told The Sun: 'It all happened so quickly. I
had just left the pub after the match and I walked straight into the
middle of it.
'The horse was spooked by a fire cracker and charged at me.
first I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then I
punched him with my right. It was sheer panic. I believe it made contact
with the horse.
'It was an instant reaction. The horse just came towards me and I reacted stupidly.
'I apologise for it — I did not actually go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I have got three dogs and a fishpond.
VIDEO: Newcastle lout punches horse after the game
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