Football bigotry act under scrutiny
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.