The Offensive Behaviour at Football & Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 criminalises behaviour which is considered threatening or abusive in relation to football matches or venues where football is shown. Even if you are in a pub showing football or on a bus travelling to a ground, this charge may apply.
It encompasses any behaviour or language like shouting, singing or chanting which may cause public disorder or communication of threats of violence which may be considered to incite religious bigotry or hatred whether on paper or online, perhaps via messages or social media for example. The effect of a charge of this nature may mean that you are prevented by bail conditions from attending regulated football matches even if you have a season ticket! You should seek legal representation before your first appearance in court.
This is a controversial law and one which requires expert legal representation as a conviction may also include a ban from attending regulated football matches in Scotland which we appreciate may be an important part of your lifestyle. Our specialised Criminal Defence Lawyers in Paisley and Greenock have dealt with such cases daily since this law came into force.
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