Tag: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill

The Act Is Dead

It’s gone, as of 12.00 tonight the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012 will be no more after the repeal being signed off by The Queen earlier today. It’s a great victory for mainly working class football fans who refused to bow to draconian law that had no place outside N. Korea. […]

FAC. Chris's Story – Humiliated At The Airport.Hocus FoCUS

Hocus FoCUS Strike Again My name is Chris and I’m a Celtic fan in public service in my mid twenties. I have no criminal record and my only experience of dealing with the Police is at football matches when cameras are routinely put in my face simply because I want to watch and support my […]

FAC. Dion's Story – Guilty Until Proven Innocent.

On the 26th of December 2012 I was enjoying watching my team over the festive period. This came to a quick end when I was wrongly arrested under the Offensive behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications act 2012 and for apparently singing a song supporting a terrorist organisation. I was held in custody over night, […]

FAC Report 1 – Siobhan McMahon MSP

I was delighted to be asked to attend a Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) press conference in a Glasgow hotel this morning. I have taken notes so once I have them sorted I’ll put out another couple of articles. One looking at the human cost of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act and […]

Welcome to Salmond's Scotland.Football fans should be seen and not heard.

Well the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 is finally part of Scots law as from 12.00 am this morning. It’s one of the most ill-conceived and badly drafted laws that you are likely to see in your lifetime. Many of us actively fought against it but unfortunately we failed to halt its progress […]

Remember today when you go to the ballot box

The SNP have got their way and pushed through an ill thought out and dangerous piece of legislation against the wishes of most of the country. They have succeeded in criminalising football supporters and done absolutely nothing about sectarianism in Scottish society. This smacks of narrow minded thinking and total arrogance. Will this law prevent RC Churches being vandalised […]

Brian Wilson: Let the people sing

Can I point anyone who has not yet realised the ramifications of this proposed bill to read this article by Brian Wilson in The Scotsman today. This article is from an intelligent and articulate person who puts a strong case for scrapping the proposed bill. Brian Wilson: Let the people sing – yes, even football […]

Celtic Fans at the crossroad or stuck on a roundabout?

As this song debate rumbles one it must be remembered that it’s nothing new. My earliest memories are from when I travelled on the Supporters bus from Springburn. My Uncle was heavily involved with the CSC and helped set up the first Celtic social club in Springburn based at the old CO-OP building in Angus […]

Songs.Celtic fans must decide which are appropriate.

In August of this year, we ran two polls. Poll one was a simple question. Should fans sing IRA songs at the game? Poll two a more in depth question. From a list of 10 songs which ones were acceptable to be sung at Celtic games. For poll 2 everyone was allowed to vote for […]

Joe O'Rourke gives TCN his views on "the bill" – A must read

By Joe O’rourke ,General Secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association. Considering Celtic Manager Neil Lennon was receiving threats from immediately after our victory at Snake Mountain at New Year; it was strange that the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, Stephen House waited until after the so-called “Shame Game” in March to announce his concerns about […]