Scotland’s top prosecutor has moved to clarify the singing of the national anthem at football games, under new laws to tackle sectarian hatred.

Frank Mulholland said the move would not be seen as illegal without an “aggravating” factor.

Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham previously said each case depended on individual circumstances.

MSPs are poised to pass the new emergency laws to increase jail terms for sectarian-related behaviour.

The lord advocate’s comments came on the day that two Christian organisations decided to take legal action to try to force the Scottish government to take more time over the legislation.

The Christian Institute and Care for Scotland expressed concerned that the bill would curtail ordinary religious debate, and are hoping the courts will rule the legislation is unlawful.

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