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Scottish Government’s response to the Justice Committee’s report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communic

The Scottish Government has published its response to the Justice Committee’s report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill.

The Minister for Community Safety, Roseanne Cunningham, said that the vast majority of football fans at all clubs have nothing to fear from the new laws but said that the bigoted minority who continue to sing offensive sectarian hatred in the name of football and who cause the public disorder which follows it should not be allowed to shame Scotland any longer.

The proposed new laws seek to create two new distinct offences:

  • The first offence targets any sectarian and threatening behaviour expressed at and around football matches which is likely to cause public disorder.
  • The second offence relates to the communication of threats of serious harm or which are intended to stir up religious hatred on the internet or other communications.
For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Scottish Government’s response to the Justice Committee’s report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill
Offensive behaviour at football news release