Executive accused of suppressing report on sectarianism

The Scottish Executive has been accused of deliberately suppressing a report about sectarianism in football. The report contains claims from fans that Strathclyde Police officers are making the problem of sectarianism worse rather than helping solve it.

The work was carried out for the Executive by the director of football studies at Glasgow University, Bert Moorhouse. Mr Moorhouse said the report should have been published last year but his work was withheld. He said: "I feel the report has been very badly handled by the Scottish Executive."

The Scottish Executive denied that it in any way tried to delay or suppress publication of the report. The Scottish Sun only managed to obtain a copy of it under the Freedom of Information Act.

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