There was no vandalism, pitch invasions or general misbehaviour at Fir Park on Saturday. What we had instead was Motherwell and Celtic fans engaged in a collective protest against the Offensive behaviour’ Act.
Fans Against Criminalisation put the issue plainly:
“Every single mainstream opposition party in Scotland opposes this Act, as do many notable lawyers, sheriffs, political commentators and Celtic Football Club.
“We call on the Scottish Government to accept that this legislation has achieved nothing other than to criminalise ordinary football fans and to repeal it as a matter of urgency.
“The Scottish Government cannot reasonably expect football fans to meekly accept the harassment they face nor the attacks on their rights to freedom of speech.”
Delighted to see Nadir Ciftci grab a poacher’s goal on Saturday. This is the kind of goal he should be scoring lots of. Hopefully it’ll become a more regular occurrence.
Well done to referee Alan Muir for an outstanding performance on Saturday. It takes a lot to turn in that kind of performance, don’t think it’s easy. Put yourself in his shoes (with Motherwell facing different opponents, obviously).
Think of the pressure you would be under to give one or both of those penalties. It can’t be easy to have watched Kieran Kennedy take the legs from Scott Brown, then dive to save the ball with his hand, and tell everyone that no offense took place. Don’t underestimate how hard that was for Alan Muir.