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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.

606: DEBATE

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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