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. Zbyszek



    A Polish Armoured Division fought in the latter stages of the D-Day campaign. They, along with Canadian troops, lead the advance which trapped the remnants of the German 7th Army at Falaise/Argentan. I also believe that there was a Polish Squadron(s) in the RAF.




  2. Robinbhoy,



    I recently wanted to go see John Higgins play near Nuerenberg but cancelled as I could not find a pub showing the game. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.






    TTT and indecision ?



    Canny be the same bloke ;-)




  3. fergus slayed the blues on

    As CW has fell out with the BEEB


    does anyone think that auntie will be televising any SC games involving the ragers ,I seem to recall the BBC screening a few ragers game in their hour/season of need .


    hail hail

  4. prestonpans bhoys – I say go for it!



    I was in that distillery a few months ago. Lovely island, and nice whisky too.



    Also Bruichladdich from nearby Islay is worth a try. (thumbsup)

  5. Awe_Naw



    No worries, thanks for the feedback, hope Thailand dries out soon as I am due in BKK for a ten day meeting in December and have bought Mrs RobinBhoy a (non refundable) ticket to come and lie in the sun for a week.



    At the minute we have a company travel ban to Thailand due to the flooding.



    Hail Hail!




  6. philvis



    next time your in Glasgow take a wee trip to the Bon Accord…



    fab whisky selection…

  7. fergus slayed the blues on

    bournesouprecipe says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:33


    If this keeps up we will have a 2nd string called the Ross Hall XI

  8. =============ZALUSKA==================















  9. fergus slayed the blues on



    Rumour has it they phoned Experian enquiring about CW credit history and were less than impressed (allegedly)


    hail hail

  10. vmhan



    probably before, i’ll give you a text tomorrow or Friday..


    need a wee favour is possible..

  11. owen at 17:29



    I just checked official sources.


    In 1945 total number of Polish soldiers who served for RAF and Royal Navy was between


    200 000 and 210 000.


    The number of Polish pilots who fought in Battle of Britain was close to 2 500.



    To be honest with you I never thought that the number of Polish soldiers in British army was more than 200 000. I thought it was circa 100 000.


    Almost 90 000 Polish soldiers fought in Italy hand in hand with British soldiers.

  12. Henryclarkson,



    I have bookmarked this page Nuerenberg Celtic pubs.



    Was Mr. Higgins there ?



    I hope Robinbhoy buys you a steifel you deserve it.



    Tell the landlord he should advertise the fact on the internet. I came up with nowt.




  13. forget your honda civic


    ive a horse outside


    forget your subaru


    ive a horse outside


    forget your mitsubishi


    ive a horse outside



    its just not the same






  14. prestonpans bhoys on

    Well drinks drank, so need to go and get the bus. May be able to sneak into the Station Bar before the game – if the bus is quick enough.



    Hail Hail from Prestonpans :-)

  15. 481VictoriaRoad on

    Mr Robert Tressell, just bought a new copy of your book and intend to start reading it next week, incidentally I will be supporting the public sector workers strike, still cannot fathom why the bankers can destroy the economy and it is the public sector workers some earning as little as 12k per annum who are expected to pay with their jobs and pensions……………actually I do know why that is the case, cause the tories always take cash from the poor to give to the rich……….same old, same old.



    About this yellow strip, the only time I can recall us doing well in a yellow strip was in the Larsson & Sutton days. Even the sainted Mr Larsson’s first contribution in that first bumble bee monstrosity was to pass the ball to Chic Charnley to score for Hibs. Ditch the yellow strips for good and reclaim the orange. Having been at the Johnny Thomson Story and heard them describing the tricolour as the green and orange with a white panel of peace in between. It is time for us to use the orange for our own purposes and not be intimidated by it’s use by other organisations who would see us all transported to Ireland.



    Hear me out, I know about fashion, orange socks, with the fold down at the top green, white and green hoops, orange shorts with a nice green number, orange shirt with green, white, green across the chest on which the club crest would sit. Could be around the shirt arms too.



    The gay community reclaimed the pink triangle and words that were used to abuse them, the black community reclaimed symbols and words of oppression, it is time for us to do the same…………and it might really annoy some Southsiders.

  16. Ten Men Won The League on

    Just posted on RTC site from a regular contributor



    “I’ve copied & pasted this from hearts forum posted a few minutes ago



    “Have heard from an employee of a PR company who have been hired by the SPL to work alongside Neil Doncaster in relation to an impending decision involving Rangers FC.



    Rangers will be taken over by an administrator in the next 2-3 weeks, with Neil Doncaster and said PR company taking on the job of conveying to the media how well the SPL is run after the embarrassment of one of the top clubs going into admin.”

  17. BT thanks re Beeb 2 ….. I’m staying in digs that Estadio tells me isonly 30 secs away fae the pub, will I nead a Kerry oot to get me hame :¬)



    Owen and Zbyszek …. aye there was a Polska squadron in the RAF and featured in the Battle of Britain.



    Away to rip out an electric shower in readiness for the new yin….. whit are fuse thingies fur :¬)




  18. fergus slayed the blues on

    Ten Men Won The League says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:51


    Awe didums ,how good of the spl to arrange some GOOD PR for the ragers hope they got paid up front .


    prestonpans bhoys says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:51


    I think you may have a bit of a drink problem ,I take it you will be singing …….


    When I see you GANTRY I just go outa ma head ,I just can’t get enough tonight


    hail hail

  19. fergus slayed the blues on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:53


    AYE but it’s ok CW has set his lawyers on them although I think he sent the letters 2nd class as they don’t seem to have arrived yet


    hail hail

  20. fergus slayed the blues on



    You really are missing all the fun ,the only thing keeping the Samsung rioters from the gates are our poor results on the park .


    hail hail

  21. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:


    26 October, 2011 at 17:46




    Can you recommend any reasonable accommodation in Glasgow. I used to travel with a club who had a good deal with the Central. The club folded, deal dead. It’s now hit and miss (and a lot more expensive)