RE: SPFL’s facial recognition proposal

Date: 19th January 2016

19 January 2016

Statement from Scottish Football Supporters Association

RE: SPFL’s facial recognition proposal

Simon Barrow, Chairman of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) said:

“The SFSA would be concerned at a rushed move towards intrusive surveillance. There needs to be careful consultation with fans and clubs, alongside wider consideration of how to deal effectively and proportionately with threatening and insulting behaviour. The best ways forward will involve working with the great majority of supporters who deplore such abuses, rather than making them feel under accusation themselves.

“If the Scottish Govt want to do something around this area they should commission the SFSA to do in depth workshop and research across all the fans sectors we identified and revealed in our Fans Manifesto recently.

“Given that there were less than 200 arrests under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in Scotland last year that makes it around £20,000 per arrest, which at this early stage doesn’t sound like a proportionate or financially sound investment. Given that over £2 million has already been spent in setting up the Scottish Police Focus group to tackle these issues and that all the anti-sectarian work in football is mostly funded by the Scottish Government the need for further spend must be examined thoroughly. The SFSA is willing to take part in any future discussions on this matter.”

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For further information on The SFSA please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519 or Simon Barrow on 07850-120413


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