A FOOTBALL thug was arrested after allegedly punching a police horse after England’s World Cup semi-final defeat last night.
Cops from the Avon and Somerset force were on patrol in Weston-super-Mare after the crunch match.
Mounted officers were out with steeds Quantock and Jubilee before and after the tense game.
They were called in to deal with a disorder at the end of the match, which saw England’s hopes of getting to the World Cup final dashed.
One officer was assaulted and Quantock was punched, although left unhurt.
The Avon and Somerset Police Horses Twitter account posted a picture of the pair this morning, adding: “Our beautiful boys Jubilee and Quantock on their way home from @ASPWSM after dealing with disorder at the end of #England game.
“Male arrested for assault PC.
“Also arrested criminal damage for punching Quantock.
“#NeverAcceptable to assault officers or animals.”
A few hours later they added: “Quantock and Jubilee are out in the paddock this morning, chilling and doing what they love the most… Eating.
“Quantock is well and we hope our colleagues who were assaulted last night are ok this morning too.”
Last year we reported how a woman football thug was seen “punching a police horse” and trying to drag its rider to the ground as fans clashed outside a pub.
A bartender said the lout smacked the animal as a brawl exploded in the street following Bristol Rovers’ 1-0 defeat to Oxford.
More than 50 officers were scrambled to a Bristol pub as tensions erupted after the final whistle.
And in 2013 Barry Rogerson, a Sunderland fan, was pictured squaring up to a police horse during violent clashes when his team lost.
He claimed he had panicked when the horse was startled and charged towards him.
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