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Employee Of The Month – November

Our November Employee of the Month is Matt Lewis.

Friendly, enthusiastic and helpful are just three words that are frequently used to describe Matt.

As a Safety Steward Matts focus on customer service is incomparable. His approachability is one of the key characteristics that define him.

Matt always has a welcoming smile on his face and makes time to connect with customers.

Well Done Matt.

Sleep in the Park 2018

Security Scotland were proud to part of Social Bite’s nationwide Sleep in the Park 2018 event, providing the steward & security personnel to both Glasgow sites.

10,000 people slept out in city’s across Scotland on Saturday night, including in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand also saw the first performance of Frightened Rabbit since the death of lead singer Scott Hutchison, and a surprise appearance by Biffy Clyro as part of the mass sleepout to help the country’s homeless.

KT Tunstall also thanked the 10,000 fundraisers taking part across the country in a mass sleepout for showing solidarity with homeless people and helping collect £3.2 million.

Tunstall and fellow singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald performed a whirlwind four gigs in one evening as they loaned their support to the Sleep in the Park event taking part in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Glasgow event manager commented, “thanks again to Security Scotland management and team for a great service and a really smooth event”.

What you should know about Strict Liability of Football Clubs

Strict liability is the process where football clubs are accountable for their fans behaviour. The law currently regulates European and English football clubs; however, it’s recently become a topical and highly debated subject in Scottish football. This is a complete guide to what you should know about strict liability.

UEFA / Europe

Strict Liability in football was first introduced by the Union of European Football Associations’ Executive Committee in 2005 to tackle anti-social behaviour at football matches.

This term means that UEFA member associations and football clubs are held responsible for any anti-social behaviour of club’s fans, regardless of fault. Football clubs can avoid penalties if they can show that they have taken practical actions to deal with unacceptable behaviour from fans.

The rules that the UEFA have set under strict liability are known to be notoriously strict. They regulate:

  • The use of flares
  • The use of inappropriate flags
  • Pitch invaders
  • Throwing objects
  • Bringing in alcohol
  • Disrupting national or competition anthems
  • The use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event

Some sanctions include:

  • Fines
  • Closure of section of grounds
  • Playing matches behind closed doors
  • Deduction of league points,
  • Ban from selling tickets to supporters for away matches
  • Exclusion from tournaments

A well known example of a club being sanctioned is the Dutch club Feyenoord, who were excluded from the UEFA Cup in 2007 as a result of riots before and during their away match to AS Nancy, in France.


English Football

During the summer of 2014, The Football Association in England brought strict liability into force. The introduction of the rule aligns English clubs with the same rule for European opponents. The rule was brought into action as a result of pressure from campaigners and MPs and a trail of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic incidents by fans in English football club stadiums.

A Channel 4’s Dispatches programme aired undercover footage of West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic and racist slogans before a game against Tottenham Hotspur. It also showed homophobic chanting by opposition fans during Brighton & Hove Albion games.

The FA’s strict liability rule is similar to the UEFA’s rule, however, it differs slightly. The handbook states:

“Any Affiliated Association, Competition or Club which fails effectively to discharge its said responsibility in any respect whatsoever shall be guilty of misconduct. It shall be a defence in respect of charges against a Club for misconduct by spectators and all persons purporting to be supporters or followers of the Club, if it can show that all events, incidents or occurrences complained of were the result of circumstances over which it had no control, or for reasons of crowd safety, and that its responsible officers or agents had used all due diligence to ensure that its said responsibility was discharged.”

The FA’s system also does not use strict liability for crowd disturbances such as pitch invasions, throwing of missiles etc.

Scottish Football

Strict liability in Scottish football has been a topical and ongoing debate in recent years.

In 2013, clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) rejected the proposed plan to introduce the strict liability rule.

Clubs in Scotland are subject to strict liability when competing in European competitions, however, not domestically. Scottish clubs including Celtic and Rangers have been hit with hefty fines from the UEFA in the past. In 2006, Rangers was fined £21,000 after fans sang sectarian songs in a match against Villareal from Spain. In 2007, Celtic was fined £25,000 after a supporter invaded the pitch at Celtic Park during a game against AC Milan.

Scottish football is regulated by the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and their handbook outlines different rules and responsibilities in relation to the behaviour of club fans. Article 28 of the SFA’s handbook notes that clubs can be held liable for the behaviour of their fans, however, liability is not strict. This means that a club can show that it took practical action to tackle anti-social behaviour, but no form of disciplinary steps or sanctions will be reviewed.

In a recent interview with the BBC, St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick asked: “How can you punish a club?” and argued: “It’s a problem for wider society. We need to look at how young people are being brought up

In 2016, MSP James Dornan reopened a proposal for a Bill to make Scottish professional football clubs strictly liable for their supporters’ behaviour. This was following the 2016 Scottish Cup final between Hibernian FC and Rangers FC, where supporters invaded the pitch and various football players and staff were assaulted.

The Bill for strict liability to rule Scottish professional football clubs is hoped to put an end to behaviour that is largely manifested through sectarianism.

Campaign groups also continue to push for the bill to be passed. Nil by Mouth are one group who campaign to end sectarianism and believe that introducing strict liability to Scottish Football could help.




Employee Of The Month – October

Blair White is our October employee of the month.

Blair is a dedicated member of the Security Scotland team. Over the past two years Blair’s flexibility, enthusiasm and his short notice availability to assist our clients has resulted in Blair working across all sectors providing a consistent and noticeably high level of service across the country with us.

Well done Blair.

Ayr & St Andrew’s beaches – Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea production

Security Scotland were privileged to provide the security personnel yesterday at Ayr & St Andrew’s beaches for film producer Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea production.

The film maker invited the public to join him in marking 100 years since armistice and the end of the first world war.

Communities gathered on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

On the 29 selected beaches which included Ayr & St Andrews, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War emerged from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds

The new 6th edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, also known as the Green Guide, has finally been released.

The Green Guide assists sports ground owners and safety officers operate safely and within the law at their venue or stadium. The new sixth edition offers the latest expert advice and technical specifications on ensuring a safe environment for all spectators.

Look how much it has evolved since it’s first release back in 1973.

Sleep in the Park

Security Scotland are delighted to announce they will be providing the security and stewarding at Social Bite’s – Sleep in the Park, Glasgow event in December.

The entertainment side of the event will take place at Kelvingrove Bandstand which will feature Amy McDonald, KT Tunstall, Frightened Rabbit, then the actual overnight Sleep Zone will take place in Kelvingrove Park that will feature a bedtime story from Irvine Welsh.

Security Scotland’s Managing Director commented “this is a fantastic event to be involved in given the background cause of trying to end homelessness in Scotland”.

Last year 8,000 people joined the world’s largest sleep out In Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh to raise £4 million and call for an end to homelessness in Scotland. This year the organisers have caused a sea of change in the fight against homelessness and have funded a raft of major projects. Now they want to keep up the momentum and we are asking 12,000 people across 4 cities to join us in a nationwide sleep out on Saturday 8th December.