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Minister Launches Campaign

Wed, 8th Aug 2007 10:30pm

Minister for Communities and Sport Stewart Maxwell (pictured) today launched the 'Kick-Out Bigotry' website (www.kickoutbigotry.org), part of Scottish Football's united campaign against sectarianism - 'Kick-Out Bigotry'.

The website features news, views and much more as the Kick-Out Bigotry campaign gathers momentum during the 2007-2008 football season. It also includes a Sectarian Incident Notification Form providing fans with the opportunity to record complaints of sectarian behaviour at any level of football.

The Kick-Out Bigotry campaign has been developed by new Scottish charity Football For All (FFA), which promotes positive social messages through football.

Launching the site, The Minister said:

"It's my pleasure to launch the Kick-Out Bigotry website, which I know will be an invaluable resource for all real football fans. Football For All is supported by the SFA, SPL, SFL and Sportscotland - as well as by the Scottish government - and it is our shared hope it will build on the good progress made so far in defeating bigotry and promoting harmony on the terraces and in our communities."

Football For All Campaign Director Roddy McNulty added:

"To date, fans from every club have responded positively to the Kick-Out Bigotry campaign - the overwhelming majority of football supporters have had enough of the sectarian hatred associated with Scottish football. Football For All calls for united fan, club and authority action this season - a concerted effort is required to confine religious bigotry to Scottish football history. If there is a will, there is a way to tackle this problem effectively."