Scots website aims to 'kick out bigotry'
A new website giving football fans the chance to report sectarian incidents at matches went online today. The Kick-Out Bigotry website was launched by sports minister Stewart Maxwell. It includes a 'sectarian incident notification form', which allows supporters to report 'bigoted' behaviour at any level of football. The campaign has been developed by new Scottish charity Football For All (FFA), which aims to promote positive social messages through football. It will also feature news and views about sectarianism-related issues throughout the 2007-2008 football season. Launching the site, Mr Maxwell said: 'It's my pleasure to launch the Kick-Out Bigotry website, which I know will be an invaluable resource for all real football fans. 'Football For All is supported by the SFA, SPL, SFL and sportscotland - as well as by the Scottish government - and it is our shared hope it will build on the good progress made so far in defeating bigotry and promoting harmony on the terraces and in our communities.' The launch comes as the Scottish Premier League launched a new crackdown on 'unacceptable conduct' by fans. Rangers are expected to face an SPL investigation over chants heard coming from their support during Saturday's match at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The Glasgow giants have already been sanctioned twice by UEFA as a result of discriminatory chanting from their supporters, during Champions League and UEFA Cup matches against Villarreal and Osasuna respectively. The Ibrox club could face a fine or have points docked but are more likely to escape with a warning this time. Roddy McNulty, FFA campaign director, said most fans want to see an end to football-related bigotry. He added: 'To date, fans from every club have responded positively to the Kick-Out Bigotry campaign - the overwhelming majority of football supporters have had enough of the sectarian hatred associated with Scottish football. 'Football For All calls for united fan, club and authority action this season - a concerted effort is required to confine religious bigotry to Scottish football history. 'If there is a will, there is a way to tackle this problem effectively.'