The FA have decided against plans to send a Great Britain football team to the Olympics in 2016 following strong opposition from the FA’s of fellow host nations Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the BBC reports.
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The FA were looking to garner support from their neighbours over plans to send both a men’s and a women’s team to compete in Brazil next year.
They had written to their British counterparts to inform them of their plans after Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce confirmed that a Team GB would only go ahead if everyone agreed.
However, Wales, Scotland and NI all vetoed the plans as they feared that a united GB side would pose as a threat to their status as independent status within international football.