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The FA rule out Team GB returning to Olympics

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DESPITE FIELDING a football squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games, The FA have announced that Team GB will not be entering a male side at the 2016 Games in Brazil.

Team GB were eliminated in the quarter-final stages this summer by South Korea on penalties, which was the first time that a British football team participated at the Olympics since the 1960 Rome Games.

The FA general secretary Alex Horne explained that a British team threatens individual status of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales within football’s governing body FIFA.

“The pinnacle is the World Championships and we've got the European Championships as well,'” said Horne.

“We play as England and we are proud to play as England and I know Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are proud to play as their own individual entities and we wouldn't want to do anything to risk that.”

He continued: “FIFA accepted the position when we were hosting the Games and I think we take that and move on.”

However, Horne hinted that a Team GB female side, who made their Olympic debut at London 2012 and also reached the last eight of the competition, could appear in Rio in four years time.

Horne added: “We will keep talking to people about that. We are not ruling it out completely.”

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