A football fan who admitted punching a police horse after a derby day match has been jailed for 12 months.
The 45-year-old Barry Rogerson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, attacked the animal outside St James' Park after the game between Newcastle United and Sunderland on April 14.
More than half of football fans think about the game once every minute according to new research.
A study by the Football Association shows that 52% of fans can't go more than 60 seconds without thinking about football and the same number admit they think about it more than food.
Nine out of ten football fans (94%) admitted they plan their year around the football season. Holiday bookings are also planned around the season with 89% saying they take it into account so they don't miss any games.
Nearly 60% of fans polled also say they get withdrawal symptoms after the season ends with 53% saying the start of the season is the event they look forward to most in the year.
The research has been released by The FA today to mark the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day taking place this Saturday
Aaron Hernandez, a 23-year-old American football star with the New England Patriots, has been charged with murder and sacked by his team.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to one murder charge and five weapons violations in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man.
Hernandez had been questioned by investigators and his house searched after the body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional American football player for the Boston Bandits, was discovered on June 17th in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's house.
England manager Roy Hodgson has written to ticket holders for Wednesday's friendly against Ireland asking them to behave, in the first meeting between the teams since English supporters caused the abandonment of a match in Dublin in 1995.
The Dublin friendly 18 years ago was stopped after 27 minutes when England fans rioted by ripping out seats and throwing them towards the pitch. Their motive was hatred of the IRA, and the FA fears IRA chanting at this week's fixture at Wembley.
In the email, Hodgson writes: "Ahead of the Ireland fixture, on behalf of the FA, I would like to ask our supporters to please respect our opponents and welcome them in the right way.
"Wembley is considered the world over as the home of football and we ask those attending not to take part in any chanting - particularly of a religious or political perspective - which could cause offence to our visitors or fellow fans.
Manchester City and Chelsea fans have packed out Wembley Stadium this afternoon as their teams clash for a place in the FA Cup final.
Police said they are investigating incidents involving Millwall supporters at today's FA Cup semi-final that left some fans bloodied and younger ones in tears.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said:
Millwall football fans fought each other at Wembley as their side lost 2-0 to Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final today.
Police intervened after MIllwall fans fought each other in the stands at Wembley as the London club lost 2-0 to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.
Former Millwall player Paul Ifill said Lions fans who fought each other in the stands during today's FA Cup defeat to Wigan "tainted the day".
Wigan Athletic have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history, beating Millwall in a match that was marred by scenes of violence involving fans of the London club.
Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman scored in a 2-0 win for the Latics, whose victory means the club qualify for Europe.
Millwall fans could be seen fighting each other in the stands throughout the second half of the Wembley semi-final.