A Bathgate man has three year Football Banning Order imposed for religiously offensive singing
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Colin Turnbull had the ban imposed for offensive chanting/singing at a Scottish Premier League match.
On November 28 last year, during the match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium, Turnbull was observed singing a song which included swearing and offensive sectarian lyrics and was deemed to be expressing or inciting hatred.
Speaking following sentencing Faith Millar, Football Liaison Prosecutor for the East of Scotland, said:
“Football matches are places where genuine fans can get behind their teams, applaud cheer and sing songs, all of which adds to the atmosphere and enjoyment.
“Religiously offensive singing deliberately meant to cause offence and upset is not acceptable either in law or to the majority of fans and will not be tolerated.
“Football is not a platform for individuals seeking to spread their bigoted views and we will not stand by while they seek to do so.”