FAC Statement #AxeTheAct Consultation.

Fans Against Criminalisation are delighted with today’s announcement of the results borne out of James Kelly’s consultation on a bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. We believe that this consultation has validated not only the efforts of Mr Kelly to repeal this legislation, but our entire campaign to date. Continue reading “FAC Statement #AxeTheAct Consultation.”

Urgent: please read if you have already made a submission to the consultation

It has become evident that there has been some confusion with regard to Question 1 of the consultation.  The question asks if you are supportive of the proposal and this refers to the proposal to repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act.  Our preferred answer to this is ‘Fully supportive’.

Some people have clearly thought it was referring to the Offensive Behaviour Act itself and have ticked ‘Fully opposed’ but then gone on to provide reasons which set out why they are, in fact, in favour of the proposal to repeal.  See below.

If you have done this – or think you might have – then please email James Kelly MSP (James.Kelly.MSP@Parliament.Scot) using the email address you used when making your submission and tell him you wish to change your answer to Q1 to Fully Supportive.  This is very important because they will count your submission as being in favour of the Offensive Behaviour Act if you don’t change this.

Q1 re Sections 1-5 of the Offensive Behaviour Act
Q1 re Sections 1-5 of the Offensive Behaviour Act

More draconian treatment of fans in the courts

A fan who is charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act with regard to a banner has been made to pay £800 within the week to assure ‘good behaviour’ while on bail.  He will forfeit the entire amount if that condition is not met – or is said not to be met by the police, we assume.  Continue reading “More draconian treatment of fans in the courts”

Your submission counts!

We are now four days away from the end of the public consultation on the proposal by James Kelly MSP to repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act.  We cannot emphasise enough how important this stage in the process is. Here are some tips to make the whole process easier for you. Continue reading “Your submission counts!”

FAC Open Meeting – fans of all clubs welcome.

On Monday 3rd October there will be a FAC Open/Public Meeting in St Anne’s Primary School in Crownpoint Road, Glasgow G40 2RA at 7.30pm.  Fans of all clubs and non-football fans are welcome as this is an issue which affects us all. Continue reading “FAC Open Meeting – fans of all clubs welcome.”

See how long you have left to play your part in repealing the Offensive Behaviour Act!

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

07/09/16 FAC activist targeted by police: 

an attack on one is an attack on all

As reported on the front page of the Herald today, a prominent activist within the FAC campaign and one of our public spokespersons was notified last Friday that he was being charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act.  The charge relates to an allegation that he held a banner at a game more than six months ago which criticised the police. Continue reading “07/09/16 FAC activist targeted by police: “

15/08/16 Day 15 of the consultation: please ensure you press the SUBMIT button!

We understand that large numbers of people are starting the survey and then failing to complete it by scrolling to the end and pressing SUBMIT.  Those submissions will not be counted.  Here are the key things you need to remember if you want to make sure your voice is heard: Continue reading “15/08/16 Day 15 of the consultation: please ensure you press the SUBMIT button!”

09/08/16 Day 9 of the consultation:  The costs

As part of the consultation you are asked what you think the impact on costs will be of repealing the Offensive Behaviour Act.  You may have your own views on this which we would encourage you to make clear in your response.  Continue reading “09/08/16 Day 9 of the consultation:  The costs”

Day eight of the consultation:  Transitional Arrangements

08/08/16

In the consultation document the following question is asked:

What transitional arrangements do you think would need to be included in a Bill to repeal the 2012 Act? [Possible options are set out in the consultation paper at page 23]. Continue reading “Day eight of the consultation:  Transitional Arrangements”