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No men´s football for Team GB in Rio

Team GB will not provide a men’s football team for the 2016 Olympic Games, FA general secretary Alex Horne confirmed on Tuesday.

Stuart Pearce led a British team at London 2012 Games, the first time since 1972 a team from the UK has been sanctioned to compete, however, the formation of the squad was littered with strife.

Both the Scottish Football Association and Irish Football Association refused to release their players due to fears their status as independent football nations might be threatened.

Ryan Giggs has joined the calls for a team to be entered in future Games, after captaining Team GB at the London Games.

However, Horne has offered a strong indication there will be no representative team in four years’ time, but did suggest there could potentially be a women’s side entered.

“I don’t think we will do it again for the men’s team,” Horne told the BBC on Monday.

“For the women, we will keep talking to people about it. We are not ruling it out completely, we went through a lot of politics to get here.”

The Team GB men’s side exited London 2012 at the quarter-final stage, beaten on penalties by South Korea.

Tue 9 October, 2012
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