A police horse seen being punched by a football fan is "safe and well" this morning, its police force said.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio denied he was a racist or fascist after his controversial appointment received fresh criticism.
Yesterday's press conference at Sunderland's Academy of Light training base was illuminating in every way but one.
Inspector Trevor Thackray, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, said police horse Bud was having a day off after being punched during troubled that followed yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby.
"We are pleased to say that Bud is totally fine and resting up after Sunday's eventful operation in Newcastle," he said.
"Our police horses are used to dealing with all types of disorder so, while the images on the news may have looked shocking, Bud wasn't hurt and his regular training ensures that he his acclimatised to this type of situation.
"The West Yorkshire Police mounted section is a well-regarded unit and our horses and officers are hugely experienced, so Bud will be back on the streets the next time duty calls."
Three British Transport Police officers were injured in disorder at Newcastle Central Station after the derby match between Newcastle United and Sunderland yesterday.
- A female officer was taken to hospital after a brick was thrown at her shoulder
- A male officers was left with a black eye after he was elbowed in the face
- A male sergeant received facial and leg injuries when he was struck by a thrown ballast
The force made four arrests in addition to 29 made by Northumbria Police, for offences including violent disorder and being drunk and disorderly.
Paolo Di Canio again refused to publicly explain his political views after suffering defeat on his debut as Sunderland manager, but insisted "as a person you don't change".
He could not prevent Sunderland's winless run extending to nine games as Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and declined to comment directly on his views in the post-match media conference.
– Paolo Di Canio
As a person you don't change, but you become an adult, you become a manager. You can also handle your nature because you know now you're not a footballer, now you have responsibility for many others.
Obviously your nature never changes, but you can lead, you can guide because you know that you have to be careful sometimes when you do something. I don't think you are the same person than 20 years ago, 10 years ago.
We all change. We maintain the principles of when we were growing up, but we change a bit as a man, now as a manager.
Durham Miners tell me they are a "lot happier now the club have stopped dithering" over the Paolo Di Canio fascism issue and said someone from Sunderland will visit them tomorrow.
They said their banner, which they had demanded to be removed from the Stadium of Light, can stay put.
The club's links to the coal pits goes back to 1936 when the local miners' association sent men to fight against fascists in the Spanish civil war.
Sunderland's new manager Paolo Di Canio is believed to have attended the funeral of an Italian fascist linked to a terrorist bombing that killed 85 people.
Pictures appear to show the Italian paying his respects three years ago to Paolo Signorelli, who was jailed for eight years after the Bologna train station attack in 1980.
Signorelli was later acquitted on appeal due to insufficient evidence but was found guilty of being part of an "armed band" and a "subversion against democracy", The Sun reports.
He had been a member of the Italian Socialist Movement which emerged after the collapse of Benito Mussolini's Fascist party.
Di Canio released a statement today saying he is "not a racist" and does "not support the fascist ideology."
Sunderland's new manager Paolo Di Canio has taken his first training session at the club since his appointment on Wednesday.
The session happened before the Italian released a statement saying he was "not a racist" and did "not support the ideology of fascism."
Sunderland's new manager Paolo Di Canio has released a statement on the club's official website where he says "I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism."
I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club.
This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing.
– Paolo Di Canio statement
I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only - I am not the man that some people like to portray.
I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone.
I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football.