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You Punch One Horse And…

6 years ago
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The infamous horse puncher, Barry Rogerson, was jailed yesterday for 12 months.

It is no coincidence that the sentencing has been timed for only a few days before the first derby match since those embarrassing post-match scenes were flashed around the world in April.

Clearly a message is being sent out that anybody thinking of getting involved in any trouble on Sunday will face the possibility of similar repercussions.

A number of those already sentenced for their part after April’s derby match were told on sentencing that they were being made an example of after Tyneside was shown up on a worldwide basis. So little chance then of Rogerson escaping with a slap on the wrist after every man and his…horse had seen video footage of the bizarre incident.

As well as the year sentence, Rogerson has been given a six year football banning order which will be probably immaterial as Newcastle United promised to ban for life anybody convicted for involvement in April’s post-match events.

Those of us who followed football home and away through the seventies and/or eighties know what a free for all it was much of the time, kind of like football’s equivalent of the wild west.

However, you must have to be pretty thick to put yourself in the position that the horse puncher and many others did back in April when there are so many cameras in the city centre, plus of course the police filming everything as well.

While I have no sympathy for those being sentenced for the post-derby trouble, it is a sad fact that if you were walking along the street and somebody attacked you without warning and caused actual physical harm, it is unlikely that the guilty party (if caught) would see the inside of a prison cell – never mind for a year.

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