Two men were arrested by police officers on horseback after they became involved in a melee between rival groups of Blackpool and Blackburn football fans.
Robert Chesley and Scott Peterson were spotted punching and kicking out at members of another group while people were chanting: “We hate Blackburn.”
Chesley, a 27-year-old father-of-two, of Osborne Road, South Shore, who is taking a degree in building at university and Scott Peterson,an 18-year-old joiner, of Valeway Avenue, Cleveleys, both pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said mounted police saw a disturbance involving about 16 football fans on August 16 at 5pm.
The defendants were among the fans and officers rode at high speed to arrest them after they were seen punching and kicking out.
After being taken to the police station, both defendants asked: “How long will we be in the nick?”
John McLaren, defending, told magistrates: “They had both been for a drink and then they joined in an argument between some rival football fans.
“It is something they would never have done if they had been sober.
“They both apologise.”
They were both given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.