Football big­otry act un­der scru­tiny

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer and football sup­port­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tions will give ev­i­dence on a move to scrap a law aimed a tack­ling sec­tar­ian be­hav­iour at matches.

A mem­ber’s bill from Labour’s James Kelly aims to re­peal the Of­fen­sive Be­hav­iour at Football and Threat­en­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (Scot­land) Act.

He claims the bill has “done noth­ing to com­bat big­otry” and has high­lighted the op­po­si­tion of lawyers, aca­demics and football fans to the law.

Po­lice Scot­land As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Bernard Hig­gins will give ev­i­dence to Holy­rood’s jus­tice com­mit­tee on the re­peal plans to­day.

Those against the leg­is­la­tion claim some fans feel un­nec­es­sar­ily crim­i­nalised.

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