Stuart McMillan MSP SNP has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament condemning the proposal to field another Team GB, this time at the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016.
Mr McMillan was reacting to media reports which indicate The Football Association plans to enter men’s and women’s Great Britain teams for the 2016 Olympics. A British Olympic Association official revealed it had “received confirmation” of the FA’s plan for Rio de Janeiro.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“It’s quite clear that Scotland has no appetite for another football team from these islands participating in the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016. The previous hostility to Team GB was evident in the fact that many players boycotted the team, for fear playing would jeopardise the future of their individual football association.
“The Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales football associations and also the supporters of those associations are against the proposal, therefore it’s time The Football Association listened to these calls and scrap any proposed Team GB project.
“I will continue to highlight my opposition to such a team and believe the proposals should be kicked into the long grass.”
Mr McMillan has been campaigning against a Team GB since before his election in 2007 and lodged a petition against the proposal.
Scottish Parliament motion lodged by Stuart McMillan MSP;
Motion Number: S4M-12529
Lodged By: McMillan, Stuart
Date Lodged: 04/03/2015
Title: No More Team GB
That the Parliament condemns the proposal to field another team of football players made up from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016; notes previous hostility from the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales football associations and also from the supporters of those associations; believes that such a team will lead to more questions about the future of individual football associations on these islands; acknowledges that a number of professional players boycotted playing for the previous Team GB, and feels that there is no appetite, especially in Scotland, for such a future team and that this proposal should therefore be kicked into the long grass.