Tuesday, June 21, 2011

And so the 2012 Olympic farce continues apace.

I was quite stunned to read of the British Olympic Association's "historic agreement" for a British football team to take part in next year's London Olympics.

Clearly not as much as the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations who were quick to issue the following statement:

"No discussions took place with any of us, far less [has any] historic agreement been reached. 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 BOA."

"We have been consistently clear in explaining the reason for our stance, principally to protect the identity of each national association. With that in mind, we cannot support nor formally endorse the approach that has been proposed by the Football Association."

Great to hear, but it begs the question, just were the BOA up to or hoping to achieve with their statement?

A genuine miscommunication? Or an attempt to try and force the others governing bodies into accepting what they want to propose?

Either way, good on the SFA for standing up to them and holding firm for the greater good of Scottish football.

I don't consider myself to even be one iota British. It doesn't resonate with me at all.

I have no objection to an English team representing "Britain" in next year's Olympics football. Just do that and get on with it like you've been told to do for many many months now.

There may be an appetite by some in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for our players to take part, but you'll struggle to find too many.

If any Scottish players decide to break ranks and play for a British team, I would be disappointed and could no longer support them to be selected for Scotland. I feel the SFA need to make this clear and not leave it open as they currently have.

With all the behind the scenes stuff that's been going on in football of late, it makes me uncomfortable to think that some figures will put pressure on some of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish lads.

With no legal right to prevent Scottish players from being selected, you can be almost certain that the BOA and English FA will be complete assholes about this and select players from the other three home nations.

It's up to us, the fans, to make it clear to the players that they will lose our support if they choose to go down that road. We need to be organised about this.

The "Just say no" campaign needs to start now.


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