Legal chiefs brand controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act a waste of time

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Legal chiefs have branded a controversial law aimed at curbing sectarian behaviour related to football matches a waste of time. Analysis by the Law Society of Scotland claims the 287 Scots fans charged with offensive behaviour last year could have been dealt with under existing laws. The trade body for Scotland’s 11,000 solicitors said that if this is the case then “it follows that the 2012 Act has not been fundamental to tackling sectarianism”. Labour is currently piloting a Bill through Holyrood which would repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act which came about following a 2011 Old Firm so-called “shame game”.

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