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Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

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2Regulated football match: definition and meaning of behaviour “in relation to” match

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(1)In section 1 and this section, “regulated football match”—

(a)has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of Chapter 1 (football banning orders) of Part 2 of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 10) (see section 55(2) of that Act), but

(b)does not include a regulated football match outside Scotland unless the match involves—

(i)a national team appointed to represent Scotland, or

(ii)a team representing a club that is a member of a football association or league based in Scotland.

(2)For the purposes of section 1(1), a person’s behaviour is in relation to a regulated football match if––

(a)it occurs—

(i)in the ground where the regulated football match is being held on the day on which it is being held,

(ii)while the person is entering or leaving (or trying to enter or leave) the ground where the regulated football match is being held, or

(iii)on a journey to or from the regulated football match, or

(b)it is directed towards, or is engaged in together with, another person who is—

(i)in the ground where the regulated football match is being held on the day on which it is being held,

(ii)entering or leaving (or trying to enter or leave) the ground where the regulated football match is being held, or

(iii)on a journey to or from the regulated football match.

(3)The references in subsection (2)(a) and (b) to a regulated football match include a reference to any place (other than domestic premises) at which such a match is televised; and, in the case of such a place, the references in subsection (2)(a) and (b) to the ground where the regulated football match is being held are to be taken to be references to that place.

(4)For the purpose of subsection (2)(a) and (b)—

(a)a person may be regarded as having been on a journey to or from a regulated football match whether or not the person attended or intended to attend the match, and

(b)a person’s journey includes breaks (including overnight breaks).

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