CELTIC football fans are up in arms at the prospect of the best players from Wales and less likely Scotland and Northern Ireland having to forgo their usual summer break to play in an international tournament.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) claims it has reached an agreement to field a British team in next year’s London Olympics – meaning Welsh stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey could have to cancel any holiday plans they may have next July.
However it’s feared the move could see the home nations lose their status as independent associations competing in FIFA and UEFA competitions. That has angered fans and Celtic football chiefs have rubbished the BOA’s claim.
Though all four British associations have received written assurances over their future from world governing body FIFA, the Celts claim a letter signed by embattled president Sepp Blatter or one of his cronies probably isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Despite the stance of the Celtic nations, the BOA and English association, the FA issued a statement announcing a British team will take part in next year’s Games. It announced the FA is the designated National Governing Body for Olympic football within the National Olympic Committee, where it apparently represents the interests of the football associations from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The BOA and FA insisted it doesn’t matter that nobody involved has ever before realised the FA held this role.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said : “As is every Englishman’s right I have assumed responsibility to speak on behalf of the neighbouring British associations. As I’m sure they would never wish to argue with the superior intellect of an Englishman I see no reason for me to have actually spoken with them before making this announcement. Speaking with them would have been pointless anyway, as I don’t speak Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or gibberish.”
BOA chief executive and Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt displayed the same cringeworthy Little Englander mentality when he dismissed football fans the world over from Brazil to Spain: “It would be unthinkable to host the Olympic Games in Great Britain, home of the world’s most knowledgeable and passionate football fans, and not have Team GB represented.
“We absolutely respect the participation of the Home Nations as individual nations at all other football events but really all we give a shit about is selling tickets for 2012 so fuck more than a hundred years of football tradition, team GB, team GB!”
The BOA and FA also announced a British women’s team would compete at the 2012 games but everybody seems a lot less het up about it.