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STV report looks at the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

11 January ~ A special report by STV has looked at the effect the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is having on supporters in Scotland. Reporter Peter Smith spoke to members of Fans Against Criminalisation as well as Celtic’s Green Brigade fans’ group, who have become one of the main targets of the act. Brought in during 2012, after a match between Celtic and Rangers that saw 34 arrests, to give police more power to combat sectarianism and offensive chants. However, 48 per cent of those taken to court under the act last year were found not guilty and opponents of the law argue that it is criminalising otherwise law-abiding fans.

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