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Scots back stronger action on sectarianism

An overwhelming majority of Scots support stronger action being taken to tackle sectarianism and offensive behaviour associated with football, according to a new poll.

The survey, carried out by TNS-BMRB, reveals that 91% of Scots back stronger action, with 89% agreeing that sectarianism is offensive and unacceptable in Scottish football.

The results come as the Scottish Parliament begins its consideration of proposals by Ministers to strengthen existing laws through tough new legislation to crack down on offensive and threatening behaviour in Scottish football.

The full results show:

– 89% of Scots agree that sectarianism is offensive,
– 89% of Scots agree that sectarianism is unacceptable in Scottish football,
– 85% of Scots agree that sectarianism should be a criminal offence, and
– 91% agree that stronger action needs to be taken to tackle sectarianism and offensive behaviour associated with football in Scotland.

If approved, the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill will mean anyone who carries out offensive behaviour in and around football or makes threatening communications will face up to five years in prison upon conviction and the possibility of a football banning order.