Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Letter: Shropshire Star

Shropshire Star

England's team will die if they allow this

The ink was still wet on the agreement for London to host the 2012 Olympics when the Government announced it wanted a British football team there.

The English FA, defender of English footballing interests, has had no hesitation in sweeping aside years of sporting history and agreeing to it.

The Premiership has alao pledged its support.

Sport is one of the few areas of life where we are still able to support our country and be proud to be English.

Watch any England match and you will see a stadium full of St George's Crosses. The English are clearly proud of their team.

The Scottish FA, quite rightly, immediately turned down the proposal and the Welsh FA wasn't too keen either.

There is a very good chance that the English will be the only ones required to forego their national team at the 2012 Olympics as our interests are once again sacrificed to show the world that we're all happy British citizens.

The most disturbing part of this is that the fans and general public have not been asked whether they are happy for their national team to be replaced with a British team.

It is unlikely they ever will be asked and if they are, the question will undoubtedly be put across in such a way as to confuse the issue and ensure the required result.

UEFA have given their word that fielding a British team in the 2012 Olympics will not affect the status quo but have no doubt, once the British team has been rolled out for one event, it will happen more and more often until one day the English team will quietly disappear.

This Government is determined to wipe England off the map and this is just another stepping stone to achieving that goal.

We must not let it happen - write to the English FA and tell them where they can stick their British team.

Stuart Parr
Telford