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Two face Old Firm hate charges

Two men have appeared in court in Scotland after being arrested in police raids on the homes of people allegedly involved in Old Firm internet hate campaigns.

The Crown Office said David Craig (23), from Paisley, and Stephen Birrell (27), from Glasgow, were both charged with breach of the peace.

Both men made no plea at Glasgow Sheriff Court and were released on bail.

They were arrested on Saturday in connection with alleged racial and religious hate comments made on the internet about Celtic and Rangers players.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for whoever was responsible for sending parcel bombs to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two high-profile supporters of the club.

Concern about violence related to the Old Firm was voiced after an ill-tempered game between the two teams last month in which three Rangers players were sent off.

An Old Firm summit, chaired by First Minister Alex Salmond, was held in the wake of the game and an eight-point action plan was agreed.

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