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Sing something else campaign aims to end sectarian chanting at football

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Nil by Mouth is hoping to encourage football fans to create new chants that don't encourage sectarian bigotry

Football fans are being urged to move away from singing offensive songs.

Ahead of Rangers and Celtic clashing this weekend, anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth has launched the Sing Something Else campaign.

Supporters are being urged to move away from offensive chanting, with the campaign being launched ahead of the planned repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

“Sectarian singing and chanting remains a very real issue in Scotland and as the debate around the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act proves there are no easy answers to the problem,” said the charity’s campaign director Dave Scott.

“That is why we feel there is a need for a campaign that highlights the very real human consequences of such behaviour, which can range from the courtroom to the employment tribunal to the accident and emergency ward.”

The campaign features three short films which focus on the legal, physical and emotional consequences of bigoted chanting from the perspective of a police officer, nurse and father.

The videos are already available online and Nil by Mouth is asking football clubs and fan groups to share the hard-hitting message through their social media platforms in order to reach as many people as possible.

High schools in Gourock have already got behind the campaign and will hold a song competition later this month where pupils will adapt current football chants and songs to promote messages of tolerance and change.