Banners of the weeks: Axe the Act, Scotland

Fans across the country unite to protest against the Offensive Behaviour Act

Over the past few weeks fans of Scottish football have been pulling out all the stops against the much hated Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

The act introduced by the SNP is seen by many as a direct attack on ordinary football fans and there has been an ongoing campaign amongst Scottish fans to have the legislation reviewed in Parliament and revoked altogether.

Hibs fans
Hibs at Aloha 21 Feb 2016
St Johnstone fans
St Johnstone at Motherwell 20 Feb 2016
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Motherwell at home 20 Feb 2016
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Rangers at Ibrox 27 Feb 2016
hamilton fans
Hamilton away at Ross County 20 Feb 2016
aberdeen fans
Aberdeen at Partick 19 Feb 2016 (match postponed)
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Inverness fans
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Celtic v Inverness 20 Feb 2016
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Celtc v Inverness 20 Feb 2016
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Rangers at Queen of the South 21 Feb 2016
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Rangers at Queen of the South 21 Feb 2016



This weekend, in grounds all over Scotland, fans are united in protest against the Offensive Behaviour Act.  We have now been harassed, intimidated, filmed, followed, demonised and criminalised for four years and we have had enough.

We will be mounting protests at future games and future venues and we will continue to fight this Act until the Scottish Government listen to us.   We call on our clubs and the footballing authorities to back us in this campaign before the Government and the police destroy our game.

This weekend saw a fabulous show of unity and strength by fans all across Scotland against this abysmal legislation.  This comes a week before the Public Petitions’ Committee of the Scottish Parliament reconvenes to consider the petition calling for a full, transparent review of the Offensive Behaviour Act.   The Scottish Government should be in no doubt that we will remain united in opposition to this Act until we achieve our aim – the removal of this Act from the statute books.

Fans Against Criminalisation

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