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Violence has declined in and around football grounds, yet Rangers and Celtic supporters' protests are heavily policed

Following extraordinary events in the Old Firm last year—including bomb scares at Celtic—Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond called an emergency summit on the supposed “scourge of sectarianism” in football. The outcome, of course, was always going to be more rules and regulations. The Scottish Parliament made a contemptuous and anti-democratic attempt to pass the newly-drafted Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill in the space of two weeks, in order to catch the upcoming football season.

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