Motion S4M-13507: Reducing Offensive Behaviour

12 Jun 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent report by researchers from the University of Stirling and ScotCen Social Research on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012; understands that there were 193 charges in 2014-15 and that the researchers discovered that 58 of the charges were raised against individuals affiliated with Rangers, 30 with Aberdeen and 19 with Celtic; further understands that 42 (84%) of the charges deemed to be religious in nature included behaviour that was derogatory toward Roman Catholics; considers that this legislation has emphasised that offensive behaviour at football is not acceptable; believes that sectarianism has no place in Scottish society, and remains committed to using all means available to tackle sectarianism, anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism.