Fans Against Criminalisation


I know we have Hibs in the League Cup on our mind today but would like to look ahead to Saturday.  The umbrella group, Fans Against Criminalisation, have organised a rally in GEORGE SQUARE before our home league game against Hibs.  I asked the group who they were, what their objectives are and why we should go along on Saturday, and was very impressed with their answers:

“Fans Against Criminalisation is a campaign group founded by five fan organisations (Green Brigade, Celtic Trust, Celtic Supporters Association, Affiliation of Celtic Supporters, Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs). The campaign was formed on the back of the Green Brigade’s well-received protest at the Inverness game and after many previous discussions between the organisations about the Bill. We decided to come together to campaign against the Bill.

“Our objective is to ‘Kill the Bill’, the first part which deals with ‘offensive behaviour at football’ anyway. We have no problem with the government trying to tackle societal problems like sectarianism but these are not football’s problems alone and where sectarian crimes are committed then existing laws can be used to arrest and prosecute offenders. The new law goes far beyond sectarianism and captures anything that may offend or may cause disorder. This is only applied to football fans and it is ludicrous given that there is little or no disorder in Scottish football grounds and that routine aspects of football rivalry and tribalism will now be criminal offences. Government ministers have said fans who do anything from blessing yourself to singing a national anthem could fall foul of the proposes new law.

“The Government has shown little interest in fans’ views on the Bill. F.A.C. will be campaigning vigorously over the coming weeks and months and will be making our views heard. If the Bill passes then we will continue to protest against it, and challenge it legally and politically. The Celtic support is a very powerful potential constituency and the Scottish Government should be mindful of that.

“The rally is the starting point for the campaign. We need Celtic fans to get along and show their support for the campaign and add weight to our voice. We’ve asked people to assemble at 12.00 and the demo will start at 12.30 with speakers from the campaign. There’s no headline acts – Saturday is simply a time for ordinary Celtic fans to come together and unite against the Bill; a time to come together and send a message to the politicians that we will fight them all the way. Everyone should be doing their best to get along to George Square on Saturday and say no to the Bill.”

If at all possible, get along on Saturday and register your support.

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  1. Philvis – I wondered where you got your political insights from.



    Of course, Desmond Carrington, ‘from his home in Perthshire’, is still the man to beat on the ole wireless.

  2. fergus slayed the blues on

    KJamBhoy says:


    26 October, 2011 at 16:28


    As I said I think they base it on the fact that they are ragers and


    The jorge Caddette affair


    The Dallas affair


    The Mc donald affair


    The SC final silence


    The LC non silence


    The Davis decision


    The MIB


    The honest mistakes


    The 7-1 missing tapes


    The many sanctions for fan behaviour from Uefa,/No sanctions from the SFA


    hail hail

  3. Ok bhoys back on air with a dodgy link. Sunburn and mosquitoes that cats run away from.






    Will I be having my huns have gone bust party in Thailand. I will be here until the 8th ?



    Haven’t heard any news due to the flooding here except Gaddafi has copped it and manc gubbed manu 6.1



    I don’t think I missed anything but did we draw with Rennes away ?




  4. Zbyszek says:



    26 October, 2011 at 16:26



    Very interesting post.



    My uncle was at Cassino in 1943. He was 17. In 1993 on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle he attended the services of commemoration there. My uncle Frank (still alive) says he was glad he arrived a day late thus avoiding the veterans’ parade controversy. The veterans’ parade had taken place the day before but the Polish veterans had refused to march alonside their German counterparts.



    The view of some was – ‘petty after all those years’. But it becomes more understandable in the context of between a quarter and a third of all Poles dead in WW2. And it wasn’t just the Germans who killled them.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger – Of course, Desmond Carrington, ‘from his home in Perthshire’, is still the man to beat on the ole wireless.



    Desmond is a national treasure.



    I do miss Wogan’s show. (thumbsup)

  6. fergus slayed the blues



    They are completely deluded if they think they can still operate as a normal business post admin and everything will be business as usual. Especially in a recession where credit is tight.

  7. aw naw


    copied from Pauls article when cqn came back online



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  8. Can’t really see the problem with Mark Wilson. Think the guy is a good pro and definitely worth a new contract whereas Broony, well take the Geordie money and run.



    Hail Hail



    play the bhoyz tonight




  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger – Nah, I was too young for that.



    Ole Maggie was always on it, in between layin’ waste to British manufacturin’ and criminalisin’ the ole NUM.



    I’m surprised she found the time, although to be fair, Scargill practically defeated himself. (thumbsup)

  10. Broonie.



    The time has come to stop throwing good money after bad.


    Even on the occasions when he is fit or not suspended what contribution does he make.


    He and his agent might find that not too many people will be willing to pay more than Celtic for the services of a mid field kid on hard man who cannot be relied on to deliver even a simple ten or fifteen yard pass accurately


    The truth is thyat Broonie represents a fairly hefty sum of money invested in potential that so far has not been realised.

  11. prestonpans bhoys on

    Some over confident Hibs fans up here today, better win or tomorrow will be unbearable. Had my mince and tatties and now for four bottles of Cobra to wash it down before picking up the local bus just after 6.



    3-1 to the Hoops because we don’t do clean sheets anymore :(

  12. fergus slayed the blues on

    KJamBhoy says:


    26 October, 2011 at 16:51


    As they say ,if it was so easy they would all be doing it .


    Leeds was indeed a mighty fall from grace ,I must admit a similar fate for the ragers will satisfy my sense of justice for their behaviour

  13. tomtheleedstim on

    Paul67 – FYI




    Celtic Wiki Did You Know: Craig Whyte’s legal reps Carter Ruck are big Hoops fans. I mean why else would they be trying to join #Celtic messageboards?

  14. aw naw



    TheToken Tim is on his way not sure where to though…


    Malaysia and Indonesia I think

  15. Prestonpans bhoy



    Gonny get them to do the survey.




    Take part in survey (4 questions) to gather the views of as many supports from as many Scottish clubs as possible re. Rangers FC 2012 and direct entry back in to SPL if/when the exist Rangers FC experience a liquidation event that sees the death of Rangers FC 1873 to 2011.



    Please pass to friends/relatives/other football clubs supporters (we’re getting a bit top heavy with Celtic viewpoint and it be good to get more views from other supporters including Rangers supporters), websites via facebook, twitter, email, txt etc.



    Take the survey





  16. prestonpans bhoys on




    Will do because it will either (a) get them off my back tomorrow should they win or (b) after the mince I heard today should we win, no when we win, then they will be glad to get away from me.



    Wonder if I should have a Jura with my Cobra??

  17. Awe Naw



    Token is in Malaysia now and will arrive here in Singapore on Saturday afternoon. He’ll be at the Singtims for the Hibs game on Sat. night. Be happy to pass a message to him for you if needed. Hope you brought your wellies with you to BKK.


    Keep safe and dry.



    Hail Hail




  18. Update on Andrews Jennings at the Teixeira Trial







    British claims to have evidence confirming that Teixeira received kickbacks


    Posted on 26/10/2011 at 12:59


    Brasília (DF)



    In testimony that took place on Wednesday before the Committee on Education, Sports and Culture of the Senate, the British journalist Andrew Jennings showed a folder which is reported to contain a list of recipients of bribes from ISL.



    Ricardo Teixeira is investigated by federal police as the alleged recipient of illegal procceds from the bankrupt marketing company. According to Jennings, Teixeira received about $10 million, while Joao Havelange, former FIFA president, would have pocketed a sum of about $50 million.



    – President Dilma, call Teixeira. Invite him to tell you about the case of ISL – Jennings joked.






  19. Awe_Naw since you are on,or any other German based Tims.



    Anybody know a Celtic friendly pub in Nurenberg which might show the game tonight?



    Nowt on Celtic Bars.



    Hail Hail!




  20. fergus slayed the blues on

    Re Skoosh


    If he is mucking about regards a new deal ,I think he is a lucky bhoy to be offered one at Celtic .


    IMO he has not done anything to justify the last one ,so if he is not happy ,see you later skoosh and good luck with the rest of your career .


    I am sorry but for 25k a week I am at least expect a player who dominates SPL games


    hail hail

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    philvisreturns says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:17



    Its Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch and a large one of course!!!!!!!! Going cheap at ASDA.

  22. fritzsong



    Glad to hear the story about your uncle Frank. Wish him well from your Polish friend.


    I think Polish soldiers were right. If I were one of them I would not walk in that parade. I don’t think the idea of the parade came from those who fought or lost families in that war.

  23. Timoot,



    Been very lucky spent most of my time so far south of Bangkok. As brown as a berry and eating and drinking like a pig. Family lives in Samut Prakhan next to a krong and it looks like they will be ok too which is very good news. I did help with some sand bagging and made some sacrafices to donate to the flood fund. Not that I noticed. Having a ball of a time.