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Celtic nations 'could still join British Olympic team'

24th March 2011 - Sigvard Magnus

The London 2012 Olympic Games could see a united Great Britain squad playing football games after all.

Initially, Wales and Scotland had announced that they would not be releasing players such as Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey for the games.

They feared that agreeing to merge with England for this event could see them losing their independent status with Fifa.

However, incoming Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce says that a statute could protect them and allow the team playing Olympic soccer games to be a UK representative group, but the individual FAs would have to ask him to pursue the matter.

"I feel that the Fifa executive committee should have made a ruling and should have inserted in the statutes of Fifa that this would not in any way jeopardise the future of the four associations," he told the BBC.

The team will be made up of players under the age of 23, with three overage players allowed.

However, it is thought that players selected for the 2012 European Championships, which precedes the games, will not be selected to play.

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