Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Sectarian chants amendment to Bill defeated

An amendment to the Justice Bill to define sectarian chanting at sporting events has been defeated. A second bid to make it an offence to be drunk or have alcohol at sporting events was also quashed.

A senior Ulster Unionist argued the inclusion of the definition of sectarianism in the Justice Bill will be used as a template for other legislation.

Policing Board member Basil McCrea said:“When making legislation, we have to be careful of unintended consequences.”

The UUP amendment was defeated, but Justice Minister David Ford also lost a bid to make it an offence to be drunk at sporting events.

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