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Government backs GB football team

Wembley Stadium
The football final will be played at Wembley

The idea of a Great Britain football team at the Olympics has received the backing of the government.

Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, is backing efforts to have a GB outfit at the London 2012 Games.

"The idea of seeing a British football team is something I feel very excited about," he said.

The Scottish and Welsh football bodies have opposed any such move in case it affects their status within Fifa.


However, Sepp Blatter, president of world football's governing body Fifa, has assured the associations that a one-off British team would not affect the status of the home nations.

Burnham is hoping that those against a united team will alter their views.

"It would be a great thing and while we are proud of our individual traditions as home nations, coming together for this one-off event to play together as Great Britain is something I believe the public would enjoy," he added.

"Our guide should be whether the public would enjoy it and it would be a tremendous thing to happen during this special occasion for the country.

"I just hope we can overcome any differences and bring a strong British football team to the London Olympics."

see also
Fifa veteran opposed to GB team
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Home nations dispute GB 2012 team
30 Oct 07 |  Football
GB football team to enter Games
30 Sep 06 |  Football
Coe hopeful on GB football team
12 Dec 05 |  Internationals
Wales oppose GB Olympic football
06 Dec 05 |  Internationals
BOA wants Scots rethink on 2012
11 Nov 05 |  Premier League
SNP repeats Olympic football call
11 Nov 05 |  Scotland
No Scots for GB Olympic football
11 Nov 05 |  Football
SFA softens Olympic team stance
05 Oct 05 |  Football
Smith 'excited' by Olympic team
02 Sep 05 |  Internationals
Fifa green light for 2012 GB team
01 Sep 05 |  Football
Premier League backs 2012 GB team
20 Jul 05 |  Olympics 2012
FA wants GB team in 2012 Olympics
06 Jul 05 |  Olympics 2012

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