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SFA still strongly opposed to British Olympic team

The Scottish Football Association will still not agree to the idea of a British Olympic team. The English FA and the Government are keen to set up a Great Britain side for the 2012 Games in London, but officials from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are opposed to a joint squad as they fear taking part could affect their independent statuses in future.

"The Welsh and Irish are of the same opinion as ourselves and it looks as if England would have to have our agreement if Team GB was to become a reality," the SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said in the Daily Record.

"Fifa indicate that for a Team GB to be involved, the four nations would have to agree.

"That is more or less saying England couldn't put in a Team GB unless there was a consensus of agreement."

SFA president George Peat has also stressed that the Government will not be able to change the association's stance.

"We are not weak at the SFA and we will not give in. There is no way we will sign away our existence," he said.

"We have a Scottish Prime Minister yet he is behind this. We are very disappointed.

"This is all about politics. If we are not very careful, there will not be a Scotland international team."

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