Moynihan raps Blatter for Bale remarks

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British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan has criticised Sepp Blatter for suggesting Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham during London 2012.

Moynihan claimed he could "understand" the anger of Great Britain fans who saw Bale pull out of the Games with a back injury only for the winger to take part in a pre-season friendly for Spurs. That was almost two days before Team GB's opening Olympic match against Senegal and sparked widespread criticism of the 23-year-old.

Moynihan said: "I understand the response from some football fans who were hoping to see him play as part of Team GB. My view is different. I welcome the fact that he has returned from injury earlier than expected. I don't agree with Sepp Blatter's comments about banning him."

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