Police horse fine after fan attack

BY foxsports • April 15, 2013

Barcelona midfielder Thiago is targeting a swift conclusion to the Primera Division title race after the Catalans' emphatic win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday night.

Barca made short work of their struggling opponents, winning 3-0 despite fielding a weakened starting XI which did not include the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, David Villa or Gerard Pique.

Thiago was one of the beneficiaries of coach Tito Vilanova's rotation policy, capping an impressive performance with a goal to consolidate a brace from young winger Cristian Tello.

The win maintained Barca's 13-point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid and Thiago is hoping they can clinch the title sooner rather than later, although he also claimed it was not yet a "done deal".

He told the club's official website: "We want to win La Liga as soon as possible, but the race isn't over yet.

"There are a lot of points still in play and we can't assume that this is a done deal."

Thiago was pleased Barca had safely negotiated a trip to La Romareda to face a side scrapping to preserve their top-flight status.

"Every team has a lot on the line at this point in the season and they are stronger when they play at home, that's why we're very pleased with today's win," he added.

"We were a complete team today in all aspects of the game, and the score reflects that."

Tello was pleased the fringe players had impressed in the absence of some of the club's high-profile stars.

He said: "We knew that this was going to be a difficult match, but we were very focused.

"I'm pleased that I scored two goals, but even more so that the team won.

"Even though this wasn't our usual starting line-up, the team played the same style of football. It shows that we are all here to contribute."

Bud, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, was controlling crowds at the Newcastle v Sunderland match yesterday when a fan apparently tried to punch him.

A total of 29 supporters have now been arrested after sporadic violence spread across Newcastle city centre.

Video footage of the skirmishes showed crowds picking up empty glass bottles and throwing them towards police.

Pictures and video also emerged of a man apparently swinging at the police horse.

However, Bud's suspected attacker was wrestled to the ground by officers and Northumbria Police today said he has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Three police officers were also injured during clashes with Newcastle fans after the side's 3-0 defeat at St James' Park.

Today the West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bud, saying he was not injured during the scuffle and is now back home in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police Horses said: "Bud is safe in his stable and appears fine. All our horses are fit and well, resting and relaxed."

It showed photos of Bud in his paddock this morning and thanked people for their concern, many of whom had asked how he was via the networking site.

Yesterday Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, said: "The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne-Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.

"Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre, including an incident at Central Station.

"Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated. Inquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved."

West Yorkshire Police has 18 horses in its mounted section, which it uses to police football matches up and down the country and for ceremonial occasions, according to the force's website.


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