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FIFA threaten to block FA from entering Team GB into Rio 2016

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It has been reported by Sky Sports news that FIFA will block  the FA from entering a women and mens Team GB side into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless a full agreement is reached with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The announcement was made as the governing body of World Football chairs its executive committee meeting during which plans for Qatar's 2022 World Cup were also fine-tuned. 

The alarm bells should start ringing pretty soon at the FA, as the international organisation has said that Great Britain's men's and women's football sides will not be able to participate at the 2016 Olympics in Rio without Fifa's permission.

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And, according to FIFA, this permission would be subject to all home nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) coming to a unanimous agreement regarding participation of a Great Britain football team in the Rio Olympics.

"It’s my understanding that England has once again applied to enter a team into the next Olympic Games next year in Rio"

FIFA have the final say 

Speaking to Sky Sports, FIFA's vice president Jim Boyce revealed: "FIFA have confirmed to me that the British Olympic Association would not receive FIFA's permission to enter a Team GB football team without the consent of all four British associations.

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"The situation was that when the Olympic Games was held in London permission was granted, albeit reluctantly, for there to be a one-off Team GB and assurances were given to the other associations that it would be a one-off.

England application

"It’s my understanding that England has once again applied to enter a team into the next Olympic Games next year in Rio and I had to raise this on behalf of the other British associations."

However, Boyce also warned that the decision to allow a Team GB to compete in the London 2012 Olympics had been a "one-off" and that this time around.

A one-off for 2012

He confirmed: "I was given categorical assurances by FIFA that only FIFA could decide and unless full agreement is reached between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland then there will be no Team GB."

Indeed, it seems that the FA have a tough jobs on their hands trying to convince the other nations of reaching an agreement for the Rio Olympics.

It has recently been revealed the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FA have written to the FA this month and said they will not support a British team. 

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