Hocus FoCUS Strike Again
My name is Chris and I’m a Celtic fan in public service in my mid twenties. I have no criminal record and my only experience of dealing with the Police is at football matches when cameras are routinely put in my face simply because I want to watch and support my team.
I was arrested in January as I came through passport control at Glasgow Airport. Cuffed and dragged out by four police officers in front of several hundred travellers and my crying girlfriend. My supposed crime was that I allegedly held up a satirical banner shown at a pre season friendly match between Celtic and English premiership side Norwich. I still to this day don’t know if I did or not as no evidence was ever shown to me. I do however know that the charge was absolutely ludicrous and the Procurator Fiscal obviously agreed as this case was dropped before I was required to appear at court. Continue reading “FAC. Chris’s Story – Humiliated At The Airport.Hocus FoCUS”
On the 26th of December 2012 I was enjoying watching my team over the festive period. This came to a quick end when I was wrongly arrested under the Offensive behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications act 2012 and for apparently singing a song supporting a terrorist organisation.
I was held in custody over night, I was then released on bail after denying the charges at Dundee Sherriff Court. As part of my bail conditions I was informed that I could not attend any Celtic away matches until my trial was over. This was terrible news as my life revolved around watching Celtic.
The following day the national newspapers published a story which described the scenes as a ‘disgrace’ and ‘shambolic’ , completely exaggerating what actually happened. My name was printed across several papers with one claiming that I was demonstrating support for terrorist organisations. I then received a letter from Celtic telling me I was banned from all Celtic games until after my trial. This was incredibly hard to take as I was treated as guilty until proven innocent instead of innocent until proven guilty by the club I love and have followed home and away over the years without incident. Continue reading “FAC. Dion’s Story – Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”
I listened to Danny tell his story at the Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) press conference last Friday. After a chat Danny kindly agreed to share his story with our readers.
On the 22nd of August 2010, on the day of the first home game of season 2010/2011, the Green Brigade unfurled a banner of Neil Lennon with Ibrox in flames as the teams emerged from the tunnel. Everything went as planned and there appeared to be no sign that over the course of the next 16 months, my life was going to be turned upside down as I was made to attend 11 court dates for a banner that was deemed offensive.
In November of 2010 I was at work and got a call from my Grandparents saying that the Police were wanting to speak to me. This caused me both shock and confusion as I had never been in trouble with the Police in my life. After contacting a lawyer, he arranged for me to meet the police at London Road Police station. I went along where I was formally charged with a Sectarian Breach of The Peace (this was prior to the introduction of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012) before being taken to the cells and kept in for several hours. I was then questioned about the Neil Lennon banner at Celtic Park and admitted holding it on the basis that I felt that I had nothing to hide. Continue reading “FAC. Danny’s Story”
I was delighted to be asked to attend a Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) press conference in a Glasgow hotel this morning. I have taken notes so once I have them sorted I’ll put out another couple of articles. One looking at the human cost of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act and another picking up on some points raised at the PC.
Firstly I’d like you all to read a report submitted to the press and others from Siobhan McMahon MSP. Also included is a statistical analysis provided by Fans Against Criminalisation. Continue reading “FAC Report 1 – Siobhan McMahon MSP”
Fans Against Criminalisation ?
I know that events move quickly these days but it seems some events are even quicker to be forgotten.
Anyone still remember the harsh treatment some of our fellow supporters have had over the past 18 months ? Just the small matter of people having their doors kicked in at 6 in the morning, people just off the plane being arrested coming back from holiday, fellow supporters harassed by Police and Stewards both home and away. Continue reading “Has everyone forgot about Celtic fan harassment ?”