Dr Richard Simpson MSP calls for Football Act Review

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Dr Richard Simpson has called for the Scottish Government to conduct a review of the controversial ‘Football Act’.

The MSP believes that the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 is not tackling Scotland’s problem with sectarianism.

The Act has attracted criticism previously, with one Sherriff describing it as “mince”

This week the SNP Government backed away from plans to conduct a review of the legislation.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“The Football Act has been a huge source of controversy, criticised not just by football fans but by legal experts too. It has created a culture of mistrust between football fans and the authorities which does nothing to help Scotland have an honest debate about how we tackle, and beat, sectarianism.

“The reality is that bigotry and intolerance are not confined to 90 minutes on a Saturday at football matches. If we want to be the generation that makes sectarianism a thing of the past we must address the issue head on, in our classrooms and communities in Mid Scotland and Fife.

“That is why I am calling on the Scottish Government to deliver what they promised – a thorough review of the Football Act.”

ENDS

Notes

Sheriff Richard Davidson has previously described the Football Act as “mince”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/crown-office-appeal-after-celtic-1826448

The previous Minister for Community Safety Roseanna Cunningham said that a review should wait until August 2015, once the research released today was complete

“Minister for community safety Roseanna Cunningham had earlier insisted that the review would not be moved from August 2015; when Stirling University researchers are due to publish findings.

Source – http://news.stv.tv/west-central/266111-celtic-condemn-negative-football-laws-and-call-for-urgent-review/

European Rugby Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup

Motion S4M-13565: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Rugby Union, VisitScotland and the Scottish Government on Edinburgh being chosen as the venue for both the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Challenge Cup in May 2017; recognises what it sees as the financial and reputational benefits to Scotland of hosting such events, and hopes that the Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby professional teams will continue to make progress and that they will be participants in these events.