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SBD Global/October 10, 2012/International Football

No Men's GB Football Team For Rio; Women's Team Has Not Been Ruled Out Completely

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said on Tuesday that "there will be no men's Team GB football team for the Rio Olympic Games in '16" but has not ruled out the possibility of the women being able to compete, according to the London TELEGRAPH. The issue "has traditionally been very sensitive politically as the Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland associations all feel their participation threatens their individual status" within FIFA (TELEGRAPH, 10/9). The London DAILY MAIL wrote that Wales players were included in Team GB Head Coach Stuart Pearce's squad at London 2012, but there were no Scottish or Irish players involved. Horne said, "We play as England and we are proud to play as England, and I know Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are proud to play as their own individual entities, and we wouldn't want to do anything to risk that" (DAILY MAIL, 10/9).
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