United British football team hits roadblock
Controversy over the British football squad for the 2012 Olympic Games in London continues after a bizarre statement made by the British Olympic Association (BOA) turned out to be completely false.
The BOA released a statement that said an agreement had been reached between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to field a joint squad made up of players from all four countries. The idea of a Welsh player like Gareth Bale sharing the pitch with rumored England overage addition David Beckham understandably had many fans excited. However, it turns out there was no such agreement in place.
“The Football Associations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland reiterate our collective opposition to Team GB participation at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, contrary to the media release issued by the British Olympic Association,” reads a joint statement signed by the heads of the three associations.
The four countries operate as separate entities in FIFA, with each fielding their own separate national teams, despite the fact that all make up the United Kingdom. While FIFA rules don’t apply to the Olympics, the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland delegations fear that they may lose their FIFA status and be forced to merge with England if they go ahead with the plan for a united team.
When the Olympic Games kick off in London for 2012, it’ll be a time of celebration for all U.K. citizens, regardless of how their teams end up doing on the pitch. Many of ex-pats living abroad will use international wire transfers to send moneyback home during the festivities.