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27/07/01
GB United Set for Olympics
- FIFA back joint home nations side

A BRITISH football team could be formed to appear in the Olympic Games, after FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave his backing to the idea.

"I would welcome a Great Britain football team at the Olympics," Blatter said.

Previously, the separate football nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have resisted moves to field an Olympic team for fear of losing their individual status in World Cup and European Nations Cup tournaments, but Blatter has allayed those concerns.

"Personally I feel that one is not linked to the other," Blatter said.

Now it is down to the various home nations to agree on the mechanics of starting up a team. English FA chief Adam Crozier has already voiced his support for the scheme, but there may be less backing from the other three countries as they could be concerned about losing their identity to a dominant English presence. The Olympic football tournament is mainly for players under the age of 23.




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