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Letter bombs sent to prominent Scottish football club fans

Scottish football making headlines for the wrong reasons after a season of sectarian incidents involving Celtic and Rangers.

Scottish football making headlines for the wrong reasons after a season of sectarian incidents involving Celtic and Rangers.

Scottish society was in shock after a lawyer, a politician and a football manager were sent parcel bombs through the post last April.

Liquid-based devices intended to kill or cause "real harm" were sent to known high-profile Celtic FC fans Trish Godman - former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, Queen's Counsel lawyer Paul McBride, as well as Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon.

Another parcel, addressed to Glasgow-based republican group Cairde Na h'Éireann, was intercepted by postal staff in Northern Ireland. Part of Belfast city centre had to be closed as the package was taken by bomb disposal experts.

Two men were later arrested in North Ayrshire by the Scottish Police and charged under the explosive substances act.

The 2010-2011 Scottish football season was marred by several off-the-pitch incidents between Glasgow "Old Firm" clubs Celtic and Rangers FC.

In March an ill-tempered match ended up with over 200 arrests for a variety of sectarian and breach of the peace offences. Incidents during the game included an angry confrontation between Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Rangers' assistant manager Ally McCoist.

The scenes at the game prompted the Scottish Government to call a summit where the First Minister agreed an action plan with Celtic and Rangers' chief executives, Strathclyde Police, and Scotland's football authorities.

Following one of the points agreed in the meeting, the Scottish police started arresting people posting "sectarian and hate filled" comments on websites. A number of youth players for various Scottish clubs were also disciplined for comments they made online.

The Scottish Police Federation -the police officers union- called for a ban on Old Firm games in Glasgow saying they led to too much violence and were too expensive to police. An extra 1,000 officers had to be out in Glasgow for Celtic and Rangers last game of the season.

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