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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Religious hatred at Scottish football matches targeted by new laws

Tougher laws against religious hatred at Scottish football matches are expected to be passed on Wednesday after the Holyrood government rejected complaints the proposed rules were unworkable.
The offensive behaviour bill will be pushed through Holyrood by ministers using the Scottish National party's overall majority, despite it failing to win support from any opposition parties, and widespread criticisms from fans, clubs and the Church of Scotland.
The measures, which are supported by the police and prosecution authorities, will introduce two new offences of inciting "religious, racial or other forms of hatred" in public or on the internet, which will be punishable by up to five years in jail.
The bill covers football grounds, public places and pubs and clubs, and follows a spike in sectarian offences and football-related violence earlier this year culminating in five parcel bombs being sent to prominent Celtic fans and Catholics, including the club's manager, Neil Lennon. Read more...

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