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.