Sectarian law set for new season


by Judith Duffy

ALEX SALMOND has called on opposition parties to back anti-sectarian legislation.

The SNP’s Bill to tackle bigotry will be brought before the Cabinet by the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland on Wednesday.

Under the proposals, supporters who cause sectarian disruption at matches or online will face up to five years in jail.

The move comes as the  curtain fell on one of Scottish football’s most turbulent seasons yesterday, with Celtic lifting the Scottish Cup, beating Motherwell 3-0.

However, BBC commentators claimed some fans had been singing sectarian songs, which was hotly disputed on Twitter.

Police said there were 10 arrests, with one for a sectarian breach of the peace. In the wake of the game, Mr Salmond said he wanted to pass the legislation before the new football season in July.

A spokesperson for the First Minister said: “We hope that as many MSPs as possible, from across the political spectrum, will agree to pass this new law.”

Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, has welcomed the proposals.


Courtesy of Sunday Express Scotland