Alleged ‘racial chants’ sees four Dunfermline fans arrested

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Four men were arrested following a joint investigation between officers from the newly formed Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland (FoCUS), Strathclyde Police and Fife Constabulary.

It follows an incident during the recent Celtic v Dunfermline match, on Wednesday, 23 November 2011, at Celtic Park where it is alleged a small group of Dunfermline fans were involved in chanting racial comments towards the Celtic support.

Four men, aged 22, 20 and two aged 19, were arrested in Dunfermline on Friday, 25 November 2011. All were due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday, 29 November 2011.

Superintendent David Brand, of FoCUS said: “This operation again demonstrates the close working partnership between the new national unit and Scottish forces to eradicate sectarian, racial or offensive songs at football matches across Scotland. It also sends a clear message to offenders that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and through post investigations, we will attempt to identify and arrest those responsible.

“We will continue working in close liaison with our colleagues across Scotland to crack down on those minority fans that are intent in engaging in this type of behaviour.”

Fife Constabulary Chief Inspector Robert Baker continued: “In a joint operation involving officers from Fife Constabulary and FoCUS, four men were arrested and will be appearing at Court in Glasgow. We will continue to work with FoCUS in an attempt to rid football of this type of behaviour.”

Dunfermline Athletic FC’s Safety officer, Kenny Arnott, added: “We have been working with the police to stamp out this kind of behaviour, we fully support actions to prevent and detect those involved. Dunfermline is a family friendly club and we welcome actions which will improve the experience for people attending football games.”