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The independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland -SFSA input

Date: 3rd July 2017

As I am sure you will be aware, Lord Bracadale is undertaking an independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland. In line with his remit he is examining how well the current law operates and this includes reviewing the hate crime elements of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. The SFSA was invited to invite you to meet with Lord Bracadale to hear your views on hate crime in the context of football. He discussed how well the existing legislation works and did not work based on our understanding and experiences. The meeting with Lord Bracadale was attended by SFSA Co Founder Paul Goodwin and SFSA Board Member and former Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson. Bracadale will publish a consultation paper in the summer and would welcome your thoughts on what issues that paper should explore in relation to football.

The SFSA had a productive meeting and expressed our doubts as to the validity of the current legislation. We also expressed the views widely held by members of Football Supporters Europe that any legislation that specifically targets football supporters should be opposed by all football supporters.

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