Third Force News has reported that football chiefs are being urged to take action after the majority of fans said sectarianism was still at the heart of the game.

Thousands of football fans contributed to the Supporters Direct Scotland survey, in which they were asked a wide range of questions.

88% stated that they had witnessed sectarianism within Scottish football ground, and half said they had been subjected to abuse personally.

Nil By Mouth said that the results of the survey show the problem has not been effectively tackled by clubs or football authorities. 

Campaign director Dave Scott said: “What is hugely significant about this survey is that it's not taken from second hand opinions, academics or even campaign groups like ourselves but from the fans who go to games week in, week out – the very life blood of the sport.

“They are telling us loud and clear that Scottish football is still failing to tackle this deep seated problem and that clubs and governing bodies need to face up to the challenge. We believe introducing UEFA's Strict Liability principles into the Scottish game will have a real impact on the situation and fines gathered under it for continued misbehaviour at matches could be given to groups like Supporters Direct to engage fans in education programmes.”

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said that cracking down on unacceptable behaviour was still a priority.

He said: "Tackling unacceptable conduct also remains at the forefront of our minds and earlier this year we strengthened our guidance to our members, with the clubs now accepting more responsibility in Scottish Cup matches to investigate and impose sanctions on those who have misbehaved at our games."

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