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Old Firm backs violence campaign
Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus urged people to back the campaign
Celtic and Rangers have given their support to a domestic abuse campaign, by screening advertisements to fans.

The Glasgow football clubs will show the ads during half-time at matches, as part of a Scottish government campaign.

The latest phase of the campaign highlights the impact of domestic abuse on young people, with new television, radio and billboard advertisements.

Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell said it aimed to "eradicate" domestic violence in Scotland.

'Devastating effect'

He said: "This is also a time when many families are affected by domestic abuse and calls to the helpline and police increase.

"Violence against women and domestic abuse continue to devastate the lives of too many women and young people in Scotland."

Celtic captain Stephen McManus said of the campaign: "We should do all we can to eliminate violence against women, and everyone at the club is fully supportive of this excellent initiative."

Rangers striker Steven Naismith added: "The effects of domestic abuse can be devastating, particularly on children, so it is important they know that help is available."

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