Speed: Olympics down to players

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Manager Gary Speed rejected suggestions that he or the Football Association of Wales could attempt to "intimidate" Gareth Bale and captain Aaron Ramsey into making themselves unavailable for Team GB at next year's Olympics.

The build-up to Saturday's friendly against Norway at Cardiff City Stadium has been dominated by the appearance of the duo in promotional images for a Team GB supporters' kit.

The FAW do not want the players to play as they fear a British team featuring Welsh players would have a detrimental effect on Wales' standing as an individual association within FIFA, although the world governing body have assured them that would not be the case. But Speed bristled at suggestions the FAW would pressure their star players, saying: "It's their decision, I won't be intimidating anyone."

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