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Thousands pitch in on bid to repeal ‘ridiculous’ law against football sectarianism

James Kelly MSP.
James Kelly MSP.

Thousands of football clubs, fans and campaigners have pitched in on a Labour bid to scrap a “ridiculous” anti-sectarianism law.

James Kelly, the Scottish Labour MSP, said the SNP’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is ineffective, illiberal and unfairly singles out the sport.

More than 3,200 responses have been made to Mr Kelly’s member’s bill, which is an attempt to kill off the legislation.

The law, which was passed in 2012, introduced new offences specifically for football supporters involved in sectarian behaviour and other hate crimes.

Mr Kelly, who is a releasing a breakdown of the consultation responses on Monday, said: “It is ridiculous to think sectarianism can be tackled in 90 minutes on a Saturday.”

The SNP Government has said that political opponents to the law are on the wrong side of public opinion and that the legislation is helping to defeat sectarianism.

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