Following the First Minister’s announcement to delay the offensive behaviour bill put before the Scottish parliament today, the Scottish FA has issued the following statement:

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “Today’s announcement by the First Minister allows a more sensible period of consultation on what is a very serious and sensitive issue.

“The Scottish FA is a committed member of the Joint Action Group and believes in a united approach to eradicating all forms of unacceptable behaviour from football in this country.

“The news also gives us an opportunity to enable our new President, Campbell Ogilvie, to bring his experience to the table, having worked closely with UEFA on the issues of crowd safety and behaviour.

“Ultimately, we expect new legislation from the Scottish Government to be practical and enforceable. It is important the necessary groundwork is undertaken to ensure this is the case.”