The Offensive Behaviour At Football act – a more useless piece of legislation I’ve yet to come across, but that’s not my opinion, that’s the view of lawyers, judges, civil liberty campaigners, minority rights groups and of course the evidence of our own eyes and ears and the evidence of government statistics. If it was meant to stop a problem it has completely failed.
Regular listeners will know my issues with OBFA – one is that the legislation was not needed – we had laws for dealing with racism and sectarianism and behaviour likely to cause trouble.
It’s not very good – we’ve had to train the police what is and isn’t offensive so that they can arrest people and they are the only people being offended.
It tries to wrap up societies ills – if we have offensive behaviour at football it will exist in society as a whole so why try to wrap it up in a nice bundle and say the issues are all a football one.
I could go on but surely better to have someone at the heart of matters discuss so we have Paul Quigley from Fans Against Criminalisation.
Enjoy and then please take action… www.celtictrust.net
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