Hail, Hail, just a short one. I was sent this link to a judgement in appeal over case of Celtic fans being charged/convicted of singing Roll of Honour. Regardless of your personal opinion on whether this song is offensive or should be sung at football games, the main point of contention here is contained in Section 8 of the judgement.
 On the merits of the application, the court is satisfied that it is not arguable that there was insufficient evidence for the sheriff to conclude that there was a likelihood that the song being sung would incite public disorder. In particular, there was evidence, first, from the police officers of what was sung. There was evidence, secondly, from one of the police officers that the song is widely regarded as sectarian and offensive; a fact recognised not only by the police but also by the official Celtic supporters organisation and the club itself. There was, thirdly, the CCTV images, which actually recorded the adverse reaction to it from the Hibs fans. On the basis of this evidence, the sheriff was entitled to form an objective view on the likely effect of the singing of the song. Accordingly, this application to argue the ground will be refused. The court wishes to stress, however, that this Opinion is not to be read as suggesting that all of this evidence was necessary.
Personally I am not aware that the Club considers this song as being sectarian, neither do I believe that the ‘official Celtic Supporters ‘ organisation hold this view either.
The club and the CSA who I believe is the ‘organisation’ need to make statements on this allegation. Knowing Joe O’Rourke (as I do) at the CSA I certainly don’t believe he thinks it is sectarian in any way.
Surely a serving officer at Police Scotland would not embellish the truth under oath ? (no laughing at the back please).
Please enjoy this wee video.