THE Offensive Behaviour at Football Act bill is about to be scrapped after a bill repeal the act passed stage one in the Scottish Parliament.
FAC has been campaigning tirelessly for this outcome for many years. Dealing with the most outrageous attempts to criminalise football fans just there to support their team.
Fans Against Criminalisation are delighted to announce that the Scottish Parliament has voted by majority to pass James Kellys Bill for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act at Stage 1. A huge step forward on the road to repeal. We are now within touching distance
— FAC (@FACKilltheBill) January 25, 2018
The bill itself was something rushed through by the SNP in a kneejerk reaction to a football game the media dubbed ‘the shame game’. In reality, there were already plenty of laws in place to deal with fans who do not want to support their club in a positive way.
During this acts lifespan, we have seen people wrongly arrested and after the stress of going to court have their cases thrown out, fans being kettled by police and giving police a licence to treat anyone turning up to support their team as a criminal.
We welcome today’s parliament bill introduced by James Kelly and send our congratulations to the people at FAC who have been relentless to get us to this point.