MSPs to tackle sectarianism at football matcheson September 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm
MSPs will hear evidence from football fans, pundits and academics on legislation to tackle hate crime at football matches. Fans of Dundee United, Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts football clubs will also be represented. In addition academics from the University of Abertay in Dundee and Queens University in Belfast will speak at the meeting. The SNP originally wanted to pass a bill tackling sectarianism before parliament went into recess ahead of the football season kicking off. However opposition parties raised concerns over the speed of change and First Minister Alex Salmond agreed it would not be rushed through as emergency legislation.