The Scottish Crown Office has clarified why the Celtic Goalkeeper was cautioned (see my earlier posting). In the words of the BBC, the Crown Office have confirmed that:
Boruc was cautioned for inciting an Old Firm crowd rather than for blessing himself... (and they said) the "very limited" action had been taken against the player for gesticulating at the Rangers support. He had also blessed himself in the incident during the Ibrox match. But the Crown Office stressed it would not take action against individuals for "acts of religious observance". "We would equally make clear that the police and prosecutors cannot ignore conduct which appears to be inciting disorder"
I am delighted that this has been clarified. The Observer report yesterday ("Storm as goalkeeper pays Sign of the Cross penalty") and Iain Dale's posting on it were extremely misleading.
Iain Dale, in particular, was at his most hyper-ventilatory on this matter. He used the posting title: "Fined for being a Christian". Breathe slowly into a paperbag ten times and you'll be fine, Iain.