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STICKS AND STONES....

By SLAS Spokesperson

Newpaper reports alert football supporters to the plans of the SFA to crush bigotry at football matches by adopting the principle contained in the FIFA Disciplinary Code which imposes sanctions upon anyone who publicly disparages, discriminates against or denigrates someone in a defamatory manner on account of race, colour, language or ethnic origin. The clubs associated with the offending supporters may be subject to fines and possible deduction of league points or exclusion from cup competition.  The SFA chairman, David Taylor, has been quoted "Sectarianism has been a stain on football for too long and perhaps in the past it has been tolerated and overlooked by many people in Scotland."  This writer's dictionary defines a bigot as one who is blindly or obstinately devoted to a particular party or creed, and, if one includes the term football team as a relevant party, this certainly seems to reflect the attitude of, for example, the average (name of team censored in the cause of anti- sectarianism) supporter, not to mention many luminaries of the legal profession. Perhaps crushing is not going too far after all.  Certainly the issue seems likely to end up in the courts. Reliable evidence of legal luminaries  falling within the said  definition is invited for publication on this page.

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