FAW stand firm in Olympic row

12 January 2011 06:30

Welsh football chiefs remain opposed to any of their country's players representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Football Association of Wales, along with their Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts, are refusing to take part as they fear their independent status within FIFA could be jeopardised if they participate. The English Football Association have therefore agreed to represent the host nation at the Games.

The British Olympic Association insist it would be discriminatory if the FA refuse to select players from any of the other home nations. However, FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: "Our position on this has not changed and is unlikely to change. There is no drive for us to change our position."

With Wales having not qualified for a major tournament since 1958, the attraction for a player such as 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale to the Olympic event is obvious.

Arsenal youngster Aaron Ramsey, 20, is another player that would probably come into consideration if selection for the Olympic tournament, which is an Under-23 competition, was open.

Ford says no player has come forward with a request to the FAW about the matter.

He added: "We haven't been in a situation where anybody has been approached.

"Let's take one step at a time and if we get to that we will have the discussion at that time."

Source: PA