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An evaluation of Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 - Research Findings

An Evaluation of the implementation and impact of section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012


Introduction

This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government to evaluate the implementation and impact of new powers introduced in Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. The research aimed to provide evidence as to the Act's impact on disorder and offensive behavior at football matches. It was conducted by the University of Stirling, ScotCen Social Research and The University of Glasgow.

The specific research objectives were as follows: 1) To assess the implementation of section 1 of the legislation and to identify any barriers that may be impeding its effectiveness 2) To evaluate whether the atmosphere and behaviour at and around football matches has improved since the introduction of the Act 3) To assess whether the Act has also resulted in a reduction in offending at and around football matches 4) To examine supporters' perception of the legislation, in terms of their understanding of its content and acceptance of its objectives.

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Email: Ben Cavanagh

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