Repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should prompt clubs to look at strict liability
Ahead of this afternoon's (15 Mar) final vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Scottish Green MSPs are urging football clubs to look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe.
John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:
"It's clearer than ever that the Act has not been an effective way to address sectarianism. Many of the activities it aimed to tackle are already covered by other legislation.
"Football clearly has a particular issue with sectarianism and clubs must look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe. If clubs face losing points over sectarian incidents, they are more likely to help deter fans from undermining their teams."