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The Scottish Football Association have warned Football Association chairman Lord Triesman he might have sabotaged an agreement for Great Britain to enter a team at the 2012 Olympics.

Although the SFA remain steadfastly opposed to the concept of Team GB, they agreed to put the matter before their board, who meet on Tuesday. However, the SFA are angry Triesman has broken an agreement for the proposal to remain confidential and warned he may have jeopardised his chances of it being given the green light.

SFA head of communications Rob Shorthouse said: "We agreed on strict confidentiality and he's broken it. So what was a tough sell to our board on Tuesday has now become an even tougher sell."

He added: "There is a real likelihood that the status quo will prevail. I don't know which way the board are going to go."

Explaining the FA's proposal, Shorthouse added: "They made a 'Turn a blind eye' proposal, which meant letting the FA organise Team GB and nobody else having anything to do with it.

"Our president (George Peat) has already said he's opposed to that idea but we said we'd take it back to the board.

"The board are meeting on Tuesday, where it will be discussed."

The SFA, Football Association of Wales and Irish Football Association have been against Team GB because they fear it could result in them losing their individual voting rights within FIFA.

Until now, they have also been unwilling to entertain the notion of the team containing English players only, arguing even that could lead to other countries challenging their status.

But the SFA now believe their own "intransigence" may be harming them politically.

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