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Snobs' Law: Criminalising Football Fans in an Age of Intolerance Paperback – 30 Mar 2012


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Take A Liberty (Scotland) (30 Mar 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0957155905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957155909
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A generation ago football players 'telling tales' on one another for name calling, or fans being fined and arrested for singing offensive songs would have been unimaginable. Today the new laws and regulations in football are portrayed as modern and tolerant. However, should offensive words be made illegal? Is this part of a progressive fight against bigotry? Or are these developments authoritarian and infantilising - creating a situation where grown men are treated, and encouraged to act like children who tell tales on one another? Snobs' Law is an examination of the way football fans are regulated. Developed initially around an attempt to understand the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communication (Scotland) Bill, it begins by looking at the way fans were policed in the 1980s by the old conservative establishment who caged fans like animals and were ultimately responsible for the deaths at Hillsborough. This is done to contrast past forms of control with those being introduced by the 'cosmopolitan elite', a less overly elitist, politically correct bunch, who are more preoccupied with controlling our minds than our bodies. Words, as John Terry, Luis Suarez and Stephen Birrell have found out, are treated today as though they are weapons, and the 'offensive' use of them can result in the loss of liberty.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KR on 24 Dec 2012
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This book speaks for and to people who will consider themselves real and traditional fans and who are offended not by what they hear and see at matches so much as the ouput of the self-appointed metro elite. .
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Mitchell on 11 Oct 2012
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Excellent book written by an eminently qualified scholar in the field. Dr Stuart Waiton methodically takes apart the perpetual myth of widespread and insidious bigotry amongst football fans and apparent profound sectarianism in Scottish society. In the process he exposes the abject hypocrisy of the media,politicians and the police who have long viewed football supporters with utter disdain. Dr Waiton also calls to question the impact such draconian laws as the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act imposed by Alec Salmond's SNP have had on the fundamental human right of Freedom of Expression.
A copy of this book should be sent to every sports journalist,politician and Police Chief in this country.
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