"Our players have no experience of even being in the running for qualifying for the big tournaments, let alone competing in them,' said the Head of the Welsh, Scottish and NI football associations in a joint statement released tonight. 'The potential psychological effects of them getting even the vaguest, possible whiff of success could undermine our capacity to lose for years to come.'
Home Nations outraged: 'We were committed to losing everything long term.'
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What's the story behind this?
From the BBC:
Team GB Olympic football deal angers nations
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reacted angrily to claims that their players could take part in a united Great Britain football team.
The British Olympic Association said a "historic agreement" has been reached with the English Football Association over fielding teams at the 2012 Games.
But a collective statement from the other nations denied this was the case.
"No discussions took place with any of us, far less [has any] historic agreement been reached," it said.
"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.
Right, I'm there now! Great idea, definitely worth fleshing out!
Total mystery why they don't want to team up with proven winners.
Golgo shoots,he scores.Not in the biblical sense...obviously.
Pre-empted that approach, Golgo13, hence the emphasis on them merely qualifying to compete in a big competition, no suggestion that they'd win it, I know that that would belong more on a fantasy forum.
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