'Monumental', 'People power' - Celtic fans laud pressure group after political victory
Celtic fans on Twitter have paid tribute to supporters pressure group ‘Fans Against Criminalisation’ after the Scottish Parliament voted to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.
The Act, which was introduced in 2011 after a controversial Celtic v Rangers clash, has never popular with supporters of all clubs, with Hoops fans particularly at the forefront.
The news of the Act’s demise was reported by the BBC, and supporters were quick to laud the ‘Fans Against Criminalistation group, who lead much of the protest towards the Act.
Here are some of the best reactions to the Act’s demise:
Congratulations too all who put in many many long and stressful hours. You've all acted with great decency in the face of childish accusations by people in position of strength.
— Colin Jordan (@ColinJo28629209) March 15, 2018
???????????? Thanks for all the effort in getting rid of this repressive law
— The Shamrock☘️ (@TheShamrock1888) March 15, 2018
A monumental achievement. Shows what can be done when everyone works together. Are you be watching SFA?
— Richard McGinley (@Richiestoke) March 15, 2018
A law that brought shame upon the Scottish Parliament is only repealed because good people stood up to be counted. Don’t ever forget these politicians work for us, not the other way round. ????????????
— Timposter (@Tim_Poster) March 15, 2018
Fantastic. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to getting us here. ????????????????
— The Keady witch (@kathleenkelly67) March 15, 2018
People power at its finest. In there!!!!
— Anton Plott (@AntonPlott) March 15, 2018
Congratulations on a brilliant effort ✊????
— UNREPENTANT (@sneckietim) March 15, 2018
The law, which was introduced an Old Firm game in 2011, which saw then Hoops boss Neil Lennon have an argument with then Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist, was extremely unpopular with both halves of the Old Firm, who will be delighted to see its’ demise.
The fact the Act could have lead to people being arrested for signing ‘offensive songs’ in pubs seem to show that it was doomed from the start, as was the idea by then first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond to hold a summit after the incident between Lennon and McCoist.
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There had been plenty of flashpoints in Old Firm matches before that incident and since then, and no new laws to stamp out ‘sectarianism.’ were introduced.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have begun talks with Kristoffer Ajer over a new contract