Midlothian Provost Adam Montgomery has stirred up a hornets’ nest among sections of the Tartan Army by calling for a ban on anti-English chanting at Scottish football internationals.
Drafted following several high-profile incidents, proposed laws targeting hate crime at football matches will be debated by Scottish Ministers later this year. The draft Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill proposes to create two offences relating to behaviour deemed to “incite religious, racial or other forms of hatred” in and around football grounds and on the internet.
At a meeting of Midlothian Council last week, Mr Montgomery urged First Minister Alex Salmond to expand the proposed legislation to include “foul-mouthed anti-English sectarian chanting” during Scotland games.
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