TCN FAC Files No 4 of 84 Oct 7th 2011 #tcnfacfiles

The Celtic Network Supports – Fans Against Criminalisation

A new campaign group, Fans Against Criminalisation, has been formed by Celtic fans to campaign against the first part of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill.

Following the so-called ‘Shame Game’ last March, the police and the Scottish Government called Celtic and Rangers to a summit to discuss a range of societal problems they claimed football was responsible for. Since then, the ills of society have been laid at football’s door and football fans have been blamed for everything from sectarianism to drink-fuelled domestic abuse. The government and a hitherto compliant Scottish media have portrayed the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill as ‘anti-sectarian’ legislation.

The reality is, however, very different from the political rhetoric.

There is very little criminality at football matches – indeed, there has been no serious disorder in a Scottish stadium for over thirty years. The very small number of offences committed inside Scottish football grounds is a symptom of the nation’s wider problems with alcohol and bigotry, rather than a cause.

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill does not tackle any of the nation’s problems. As a range of bodies from the Law Society to Nil By Mouth argue, there are existing laws that ably tackle sectarianism and other hate crimes. Instead, the proposed new legislation criminalises football fans for being football fans. The new law applies only to us and leaves football fans all over the country liable for arrest and imprisonment. Justice Minister Roseanna Cunningham suggests fans may be arrested for anything from making the sign of the cross to singing a national anthem. A whole range of acts routinely carried out by fans at football matches could be considered ‘offensive’. Any fan arrested under this new legislation will likely be subject to the nightmare of a football banning order and numerous court appearances before their case is even heard. Those convicted can be sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

As Celtic fans, we have even more reason to be fearful about the Bill, given Justice Committee Chair Christine Graham’s view that the law should be seen as an ‘evening-up’ process, allowing the criminal law to capture Celtic fans as well as those of our city rivals.

Rather than any serious policy debate, the Scottish Government has instead engaged in political grandstanding. Football fans have barely been considered or their views consulted as Alex Salmond tries to accelerate the Bill onto the statute books.

But fans will no longer remain silent on the issue and our voices must be heard. The Green Brigade’s recent protest at the Inverness match was given huge backing by the Celtic support and has been followed by similarly well-received protests at other grounds. It now also seems that other commentators and members of civil society are starting to see through the Scottish government’s rhetoric and realise that the Bill is a poorly crafted piece of legislation that is both unnecessary and undesirable.

Fans Against Criminalisation will not allow the ills of Scottish society to be laid at the door of football fans, or football fans to be treated as second-class citizens, subject to a ludicrous law that applies only to us. We will not stand idly by as fan culture and football fans are criminalised. Over the coming weeks and months we will be mounting a campaign against the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill.

You can help support the campaign and keep up to date with news and events by following us on twitter @FACKilltheBill

Fans Against Criminalisation

fansagainstcriminalisation@gmail.com

You Can’t Shut TCN Down

Some joker decided to send a malicious complaint to the company who holds the DNS for thecelticnetwork.com.

Total fantasy stuff but it meant the site was suspended for 36hrs while this claim was investigated.

The site was given a clean bill of health, so nae luck and awe the best with yer administration.

Wullie

Noo, Away And Find Yer Real Rivals

Shaky start to the game but Celtic only had to step up on gear to win. The Current score for this season is Celtic 8 – The Rangers 2 with a points difference of 19pts.

From pre season and throughout the season we’ve been told that our main rivals are The Rangers. Naw they urny ! Our only rivals are ourselves.

So it’s time that The Rangers and the laptop loyal started to concentrate on their real rivals. Teams at roughly the same level like Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone.

For as long as they keep trying to compete with Celtic on and off the pitch it just makes them look stupid.

As for Celtic it’s onwards and upwards. A wee couple of weeks in the sun and a couple of good signings. Then it’s simply time to get the SPFL finished and start preparations for the Champions League. If we pick up the Scottish cup on the way then all the better. 🙂

Hail, Hail and a Happy new year to you and your loved ones.

Wullie Please remember and follow @TCNGC17

EX-HOOPS HERO HARTSON WANTS FANS TO ‘GRAB LIFE BY THE BALLS’

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EX-CELTIC striker John Hartson is calling on Hoops fans to ‘Grab Life by the Balls’ and join him on his BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge to raise vital funds for people with cancer and their families.

The Hoops hero recently handed over £25,000 to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation at the Glasgow hospital’s Schiehallion ward on behalf of his own charity, The John Hartson Foundation, set up following his battle with testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain and left him fighting for life.

The 38-year-old, now assistant manager to the Welsh FA, said: “Yorkhill Children’s Foundation provides fantastic support at a time when families need it most. I have four kids of my own and the thought of your child being diagnosed with cancer is devastating for any parent.

“Yorkhill Children’s Foundation is a cause very close to my heart and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to hand over this cheque today thanks to the help of our supporters who pull out all the stops to raise vital funds for the Foundation.

“Our next big fundraiser is the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge in July when we hope to raise more funds with the help of our supporters.

“We want YOU to join us for this fun-filled weekend in Fort William. Standing at the top of Ben Nevis feels like you’re on top of the world – and you’ll be raising vital funds to help us carry on the charity’s work.

“Please take up the challenge – it’s an amazing experience you’ll never forget. Don’t miss out – time is running out so sign up now.”

Shona Cardle, Chief Executive at Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to The John Hartson Foundation for donating this incredibly generous amount to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

“With the money received we will be able to continue to support sick children from all over Scotland and beyond who are treated at Yorkhill.”

John’s BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge weekend takes place from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

The fun-filled weekend in Fort William includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, and fully guided walk up Ben Nevis followed by a celebration party on the Saturday night. Places are limited so don’t miss out – sign up NOW at www.johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk or contact or Lorna King on 07795 008836 or by email at lorna@johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk

The John Hartson Foundation is an official TCN Good Cause. Please help in anyway you can.

'Kill the Bill'

There are age old connections which associate with being Scottish, Bravery & Pride being the most recognisable   fac kill the billconnections throughout history & all over the World. It takes a brave man to swallow his pride & admit when he has got it wrong, especially when he seeks support to lead a nation in a free and Independent way.
 
Mr Salmond & his SNP government seek a mandate from the Scottish people to trust in his judgement & to believe that what he intends to offer will take all of his people with him on a historical journey, a journey the likes of which as Scots we have never seen before.
 
The Offensive behaviour & Communications in football bill, is an act deemed unnecessary and unworkable by a majority of people, a majority of which he asks their commitment to his new vision. 
 
Now he must show that leadership quality by simply admitting when he gets it wrong & by showing that well acknowledged Scottish Courage with the bravery to reconsider a flawed installment hurriedly placed in the law book & by then removing it to consign it to a bin marked tried, tested & failed. 
 
There would be no shame in such an action, I would submit, rather it would resound of a listening leader, a leader who listens to his people. That for me, would be a show of true strength, the Scottish historical character. 
 
‘Scotland the Brave’ is not solely about muscle or might.
 
Mr Salmond would do well to show common sense & much consideration when hearing the voices of the people requesting he is brave enough to lead without ego, stubbornness or indeed unfairness.
 
The Scottish people want to believe in freedom but that freedom must register & must also be accepted in complaint and then fitting action to address it. An act which criminalises football fans across the board to the great discomfort of many an academic voice, must be reviewed as hastily as it was designed. There is no need for the snow drift to grow into an avalanche.
 
Mr Salmond should himself know that the Scottish people, lots of them simply hard working non criminal individuals, consider the final and true aspiration to govern over the Independence of those people, will be seen & or gained, without the prospect of dictatorship ever being perceived on display, but rather, by democratic decisions made & a willingness to accept that a leader can also be wrong & then correcting.
 
Mr Salmond would do well to remember that pride very often comes before a fall, for this act/bill/law quite clearly could indeed become the jagged thistle that see’s true Independence slip from a long awaited grasp to the detriment of the very people who for so long have demanded it. 
 
Do not take the Scottish people for granted Sir, for they may well then decide to stay & suffer with the historical devil they have known, rather than the uncertain, unknown future with a man who would be King, if only for a day.
 
‘Kill the Bill’ lest it kills a true Scottish freedom !
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