'Horse punch' fan pleads guilty

A football fan accused of punching a police horse after trouble flared at the Tyne-Wear derby in April has pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Full report: 'Horse punch' football fan pleads guilty

A man, who punched a horse in the Tyne Wear derby earlier this year, has pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson from Bedlington appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he will be sentenced next month.

His actions - which were filmed exclusively by ITV News Tyne Tees - caused outcry across the country. Now, he could face a ban from football matches altogether, as Frances Read reports.

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Football fan who punched horse admits violent disorder

A football fan who punched a horse after his team lost to their arch-rivals has admitted violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson punched a horse after Newcastle lost to Sunderland in April. Credit: ITV News

Barry Rogerson, 45, was charged after trouble started when Newcastle United lost 3-0 at home to Sunderland in April.

He appeared in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court today with five others who also admitted violent disorder.

Rogerson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, previously denied the offence.

'Horse punch' fan denies disorder

A football fan from Northumberland who is accused of punching a police horse has denied violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson, 45, was charged after trouble flared when Newcastle United lost 3-0 at home against their arch-rivals Sunderland in April.

Rogerson, wearing a dark suit, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing where he denied the offence.

Jim Hope, prosecuting, said: "The Crown's position is these matters are so serious they can only be dealt with at the crown court."

District Judge Stephen Earl told Rogerson he must appear at Newcastle Crown Court on September 23.

Rogerson, of Hartlands, Bedlington, was granted conditional bail.

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