Olympic Games 2012: Football

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

holding answer 2008

Any decision on whether a Great Britain football team participates at the London 2012 Olympic games is a matter for FIFA, the four Home Nations' Football Associations, and the British Olympic Association. Discussions between the various parties continue.

While we are proud of our individual traditions, the Government believe that a GB Olympic football team at the 2012 London Olympics could be very exciting for football fans and the general public.

The Government also believe this should not affect the rights of the four Home Nations to compete separately in international football tournaments—an important part of our footballing tradition.

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