Commenting after the public consultation on the future of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (OBFA) showed clear support to repeal the act, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The SNP committed a serious professional foul when they forced this legislation through Parliament, instead of tackling sectarianism head on.
“The law has been consistently and fairly criticised by everyone from supporters groups to senior judges. Sectarianism still remains a problem in our society and it’s clear that this knee jerk reaction will not deliver the change we need to see. It was a blunt response which puts our civil liberties at risk.
“Ministers must instead move towards a more holistic approach to tackling sectarianism which involves broader action, working with communities, local authorities, churches, football clubs and more.
“With their majority gone, the game has changed for the SNP. Ministers face a re-match and cannot ignore growing support to repeal this legislation. At the end of the day, people have made their judgement and it is a red card for the OBFA."