Following the Scottish Government's announcement of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill, Stewart Regan, Scottish FA chief executive, said:

“The Scottish FA welcomes the new Bill as tangible evidence of the success of the Joint Action Group. In particular, we are pleased to see that it covers sectarian and other forms of unacceptable chanting and threatening behaviour.

“As we approach the start of a new season, it is important we look forward with anticipation and excitement. Football is this country’s national sport and we all have a responsibility to ensure that entertainment replaces aggravation and that a family atmosphere is generated inside our grounds instead of a hostile one.

“As part of our new strategic plan, the Scottish FA has developed a Scotland United philosophy and it is our wish that everyone involved in the game in this country -  the league bodies, supporters, clubs and media - embraces that ethos.”