Old Firm arrests under new laws

Seven people were arrested at the Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic under new laws to crack down on offensive and sectarian-related behaviour.

Strathclyde Police said a total of 17 fans were detained at Ibrox Stadium.

The other arrests were for drink-related offences, assault and breach of the peace.

New laws designed to reduce religious hatred associated with football came into force in Scotland this month.

The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 has created two new offences.

One covers behaviour in and around football matches, the other relates to messages sent by post or by electronic means.

Anyone convicted under the new legislation could face a prison sentence of up to five years.

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