The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has officially approved the deal for exclusively English football teams to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
The four home nations had written to Fifa detailing their agreement for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take no part in the Olympics but allowing England to represent Team GB.

The deal was presented to Fifa’s executive committee meeting in Nassau today and afterwards Blatter said all parties were happy. It means the way is now completely clear for the British Olympic Association to announce that England will represent Team GB in the men’s and women’s tournaments.

“I’m happy because I have always said don’t make a big story about this,” said Blatter. “You have to bring a Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics in football and, as they are four associations, then take one association to be this team.

“I said this at the very beginning and they did it. I am happy, they are happy, the IOC is happy, the organising committee is happy and I hope football is happy.”

The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs feared any involvement could threaten their separate identity in football but Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, today condemned their stance as “narrow-minded”.

“I’m obviously pleased that the four associations have come to an agreement that there can be a Team GB,” Burnham said on BBC Radio Five Live. “But I think it’s very disappointing and actually a bit narrow-minded in some ways that we’re just saying young talent from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can’t represent that Team GB.

“I understand entirely if Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland don’t want to be in any way seen to support the principle of Team GB … but I think it is very unfair that a young player in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland who would get a call-up to that team, would be threatened with sanctions about joining that team.

“I just feel let’s put aside the politics, let’s just let sports people make their own decisions and let’s put the best British team on home soil.”

  1. vanjory 10 years ago

    Yea, exactly! I realize I left out Pinoe. She is good too but got very little match time in recent matches…a sub as compared to being a starter.

  2. Kerry Harrison 13 years ago

    I’m so glad this has been sorted out. I’m a bit disappointed that there will be no players from the other home nations but at least we have a team representing team GB. Like everyone has said this will be great exposure for our fantastic womens game.

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    Women's Soccer United 13 years ago

    Definately, will give a lot of exposure to the womens game in UK, fingers crossed!!

  4. Carmen Wales 13 years ago

    Finally!! Lets hope that they come together and find away to be a part at the Olympics 2012.. this will be a huge -no massive increase for Women’s Football in the UK!!

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