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Justice Committee support the Repeal Bill

ustice Committee of the Scottish Parliament publishes its Stage 1 report on the Repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communication (Scotland) 2012 Act

Following the largest public consultation that the Scottish Parliament has ever had on any issue, the Justice Committee began hearing oral evidence on 3rd October 2017. There followed several sessions which involved legal bodies, fans groups, the football authorities, academics, the police and civil rights and equalities bodies and which concluded on 12 December 2017.

The overwhelming message which was given to the Justice Committee was that the Act was unnecessary, illiberal, damaging to police-fan relations and potentially in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In light of this, the Justice Committee has today recommended the Repeal Bill to the Parliament and the vote on the Stage 1 report will take place on 25th of September.

We call on all MSPs to recognise that this law is bad law, it is a failure and it needs to be repealed as a matter of urgency so that the injustice meted out to young football fans can stop and the damage which it has caused can begin to be repaired. This also leaves the way clear for a sensible and mature discussion to take place which addresses those social issues which the Act was alleged to be about but which have been advanced not one iota since 2011.

Having campaigned against this Act for close to seven years, we now look forward to the next stage in the process (amendments) and the eventual Stage 3 vote which will see this ‘stain on the reputation of the Scottish legal system’ finally removed.

Original content posted by FAC .http://fansagainstcriminalisation.com/justice-committee-support-the-repeal-bill/  Please visit their site, they have done fantastic work on behalf of ALL football fans in Scotland.

Axe The Act – Contact Your MSP

New email campaign launched today

As we write the draft Stage 1 report from the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament is being prepared.  This report which summarises the evidence provided  in relation to the Repeal of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 will be presented to Parliament and voted on before 26 January 2018.  That vote will complete Stage 1 of the legislative process.  Stage 2 relates to any amendments and Stage 3 is the final vote on the Bill itself.

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Guilty ! A Film by FAC

Guilty: The Story of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

Guilty: The Story of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act from Green Brigade on Vimeo.

Celtic Underground – OBFA Wasting Lives & Money

faclogoJust want to highlight a very informative podcast from Celtic Underground on the impact of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act on peoples lives and the public purse. Continue reading “Celtic Underground – OBFA Wasting Lives & Money”

Scrap The Football Act Info

Click here to see how long you have left to play your part in repealing the Offensive Behaviour Act! Continue reading “Scrap The Football Act Info”

FAC activist targeted by police

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Things have taken a cynical turn and it would appear that Police Scotland will go to extrodonary lengths to hold on to their ‘budget boost’ from the Scottish government. Continue reading “FAC activist targeted by police”

Welcome to The Celtic Network FAC Files

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When I set up TCN in 2011 it was against the background of the so called ‘shame game’ and the SNP’s ‘Summit’. Little did I realise that football fans from every club in Scotland would be criminalised from the outcome of the SNP’s ‘summit’. I won’t rake over the coals of the ‘shame’ game, we all have eyes in our head and as such know what happened. Continue reading “Welcome to The Celtic Network FAC Files”

Police officers in perjury probe. FAC, Gallowgate

Delighted to see that two police officers are now being investigated for perjury relating to one of the cases concerned with the Kettling and harassment Celtic fans suffered on the Gallowgate in March 2013.
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TCN Welcomes Celtic FC’s Statement On The OB Act

As long term supporters of Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC), this site welcomes and supports the statement by Celtic FC restating the club’s opposition to the Offensive Behaviour At Football And Threatening Communications Act 2012.
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Police Scotland Telling Lies Again ?

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. Continue reading “Police Scotland Telling Lies Again ?”

GREEN BRIGADE CENSORED by Police Scotland !

Scotland can be a crazy place at times, but now it’s bordering on bizarre !

On a day when an STV journalist managed to shoehorn a question about Celtic and Irish Republicanism, (this during a press conference about a new kit sponsor) I was drawn via Twitter to an article in the Scotsman. Continue reading “GREEN BRIGADE CENSORED by Police Scotland !”

The O.B Act Was Always Going To Fail

FACI hope many of you have now seen the video published by STV last night. Being personally involved I have to say that while it was good in dispelling some of the myths about the Green Brigade it failed to really focus on the most important part, and that was the visit to Holyrood. However I know there is plenty of footage ‘in the can’ and I hope there is a follow up which focuses on the main reasons that has led us there on several occasions since 2012. The Offensive Behaviour At Football And Threatening Communications Act.
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The Banned Bhoys by STV – FAC

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This film was put together by STV, It’s a mixture of interviews with FAC and GB members. Some of it filmed in the CSC and also following us on our visit to the Scottish Parliament. Continue reading “The Banned Bhoys by STV – FAC”

Sir Stephen House’s Letter – My Rebuttal part 2.

Welcome to part 2 of my opinions on the letter sent from Sir Stephen House head of Police Scotland to Jackie Baillie MSP, regarding the events in the Gallowgate, Glasgow on 16/March/2013. Once again these are my personal thoughts and not that of The Celtic Network or Fans Against Criminalisation. Continue reading “Sir Stephen House’s Letter – My Rebuttal part 2.”

Sir Stephen House’s Letter – My Rebuttal part 1.

Hail, Hail. This is my personal opinions and rebuttal of Sir Stephen House’s letter to Jackie Baillie MSP as published on this site on Sunday. I want to make it clear that these are my thoughts and recollections of what actually happened on that day. Therefore I am not speaking for The Celtic Network or Fans Against Criminalisation. Continue reading “Sir Stephen House’s Letter – My Rebuttal part 1.”

Sir Stephen House, Letter to Jackie Baillie MSP

facLetter From Sir Stephen House (head of Police Scotland) To Jackie Baillie MSP regarding the Policing of Celtic fans in the Gallowgate 16/03/2013. Continue reading “Sir Stephen House, Letter to Jackie Baillie MSP”

On Monday – That Stephen House Letter

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Power Trip ?

Following on from the launch of FAC’s report on the events in the Gallowgate on Saturday March 16, 2016 we will be taking a look at a letter. The letter in question is from Scotland’s top Policeman Sir Stephen House sent to Jackie Baillie SLab MSP, Continue reading “On Monday – That Stephen House Letter”

FAC Meeting With MSP’s Report.

facI was delighted to join members of FAC at the launch of a report into policing at the Gallowgate on Saturday 16th of March 2013. We had hoped to launch the report inside parliament but for some reason the Presiding officer refused to allow that. Continue reading “FAC Meeting With MSP’s Report.”