INFLUENTIAL FIFA member Jack Warner (pictured), who could hold the key to England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, has repeated his attack on English football’s negative view about football in the Caribbean.
SIMON CLEGG, the chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA), has hit out at Welsh footbball officials for refusing to have anything to do with London 2012, which could deprive young players like Gareth Bale (pictured) the opportunity of playing.
DAVID CAMERON (pictured), the leader of the Conservative Party, today said a tournament between the four football teams from the Home Countries should be held to decide who represents Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
JUNE 3 – UK SPORT and the English Institute of Sport (EIS), together with the major football authorities, today offered over 1,000 released academy footballers the chance to take up the challenge and switch their talents to targeted Olympic sports in time for 2012.
LORD TRIESMAN (pictured) today criticised the organisers of England’s last bid to host the World Cup as being complacent and not understanding how the bidding process worked.
THE Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) are opposing stringent new drug-testing rules that are similar to those imposed on Britain’s Olympic athletes.
AUGUST 6 – LORD TRIESMAN (pictured), the chairman of the Football Association, said it would be “barking mad” if Britain were not represented in the 2012 Olympic tournament and promised that they would be.
AUGUST 19 – STUART PEARCE (pictured), the former England captain, has made it clear that he wants to manage Britain’s controversial football team at the 2012 Olympics.
LONDON 2012 have denied a newspaper story that Sebastian Coe (pictured) said “F*** ’em” after being asked about objections from Wales and Scotland to the idea of a British Olympic football team and said that they consulted lawyers.
AUGUST 23 – THE Prime Minister (pictured) has been accused of scoring a “spectacular own goal” after he said in Beijing today that he would try to persuade Scotland and Wales to back plans for a united British football tournament to take part in the 2012 Olympics.
A GROUP of Scotland-linked MPs have backed the idea of a united British football team competing at the 2012 London Olympics.
THE Scottish Government have claimed that FIFA should investigate claims from a Westminster Minister that they would back a united British football team for London 2012, a move that could jeopardise the participation of the four Home Countries in the 2010 World Cup.
AUGUST 26 – SCOTLAND manager George Burley (pictured) has added his voice to those saying they do not support a united British football team for London 2012, despite his countryman Gordon Brown stepping up attempts to force it through.
JULY 23 – COLIN MOYNIHAN (pictured), the chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), today reassured the public that they will have a British football team to support a the the 2012 Games.
JULY 24 – SCOTLAND is refusing to offer any hope that they will co-operate with a British football competing in the 2012 London Olympics.