Harper urges people to take part in “strict liability” consultation

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SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Emma Harper is urging people across Dumfries & Galloway to take part in her colleague James Dornan MSP’s consultation on his proposal for a Bill to make Scottish professional football clubs strictly liable for their supporters’ behaviour.
Emma said:
“Football is important to Scotland – it can bring people together and foster a sense of community and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people across our country. But sadly the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority of fans continues to blight the reputation of the game and spoil the experience for everyone else.
“This behaviour can manifest itself through sectarianism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and also through violence. In 21st Century Scotland this is simply unacceptable.
“My colleague James Dornan proposes to tackle this problem by holding football clubs liable for the negative behaviour of their supporters in the hope that this will create a less hostile environment at football matches, better reflecting the multicultural society that exists in Scotland, and encouraging football to become an experience which brings people together and not an event which can on occasions be used to create or perpetuate divisions.
“I’d urge people with an interest in the game to read and respond to James Dornan’s consultation on the proposal, which is open until 17th March.”
To view the consultation document please visit:
If you wish to submit your views on James’s proposal please visit: