An English football fan, who punched a police horse after his team lost a match, has admitted to violent disorder.
Barry Rogerson, from Northumberland, was charged after trouble flared when Newcastle United lost 3-0 at home to Sunderland in April.
The 45-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court for a brief hearing with five others who also admitted violent disorder.
Rogerson had previously denied the offence.
He was photographed with a scarf over his face punching Bud, a horse working for West Yorkshire Police, as Newcastle fans turned on police, having been unable to get to Sunderland supporters.
Robert Adams, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared before Rogerson is dealt with next month.
Police said at the time that the horse suffered no ill effects from the attack.
The details of the case were not opened today.
Well-wishers sent Bud gifts, including Polo mints, to his stables after the incident.
Rogerson and the others were granted conditional bail, including that they stay away from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and England games.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said there will be applications for football banning orders.
Rogerson will be sentenced on 24 October.
Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle, warned Rogerson and the others that they would be jailed.
"As each of you know, this is a serious offence to which you have pleaded guilty," he told the defendants.
"The court will have all sentencing options, including of course immediate imprisonment, open to it at the sentencing hearing.
"Please don't think anything other than imprisonment is going to be passed for this offence."