Spectacular own goal for Brown
Commenting on Gordon Brown's remarks in Beijing where he restated his call for a single UK football team at the Olympics the SNP's Westminster Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson, Pete Wishart MP said:
"This is a spectacular own goal for Brown. He is out of touch with the overwhelming views of football supporters throughout the UK. All the national supporters groups oppose this move and see it as a threat to the status of their nations to field independent football squads.
"Not only do all the national supporters associations oppose such a move but the majority of football associations in the UK have said they do not want to take part in a single UK team as it could threaten their existence within FIFA.
"Instead of trying to brow beat the SFA, the IFA and the Football Association of Wales into a single team Gordon Brown should abandon his campaign which threatens the identity of each of the home associations and their national squads."
1. A joint press release by the Association of Tartan Army clubs (ATAC - Scotland), the Football Supporters Federation of England, the Football Supporters Federation Cymru and the Amalgamation of Official NI Fans Clubs opposing a single team is available here:
2. "The Scots and Welsh are very much against it and we'll be weighing in with them."
Irish FA president Raymond Kennedy, BBC News report, 30 October 2007
Kennedy also added that the IFA "would not want to compromise our national identity".