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'The Famine Song' Gers fan appeals; COURT.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A RANGERS fan has challenged his conviction for a breach of the peace after conducting sectarian singing of "The Famine Song".

William Walls was found guilty after shouting religious and racial remarks at a match at Kilmarnock.

He repeatedly yelled "Fenian b******s" and "F*** the Pope" and sang part of the controversial song about people of Irish descent while waving his arms to the rest, a sheriff was told.

Walls, 20, of Cambuskenneth, Glasgow, was banned from football for two years but has gone to the Justiciary Appeal Court in Edinburgh.

His counsel, Donald Findlay QC, said words allegedly sung by Walls - "The famine's over, why don't you go home?" - were not racist.

He also claimed: "The reference to Fenian is not a religious remark. It is in fact a political observation." Senior appeal judge Lord Carloway said a ruling would be given at a later date..

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 16, 2009
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