No sanctions for Wales players representing Team GB

The four current internationals that have opted to accept call-ups for the upcoming Olympic Games will face no repercussions despite the opposition of the FAW to a British team
The Wales players representing Team GB at the upcoming Olympic Games will face no sanctions despite the opposition of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to a British team.

The FAW, along with their Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts, fear the joint squad for the Games in London could threaten the independence of their own national teams.

However, despite the Welsh association's reluctance, current internationals Craig Bellamy, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor have all chosen to accept call-ups to Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad.

Ryan Giggs will also feature, alongside Bellamy and England defender Micah Richards as one of three over-age players, but is now available for Wales only as emergency cover.

"We've always made it very clear, we're not going to put any sanctions on any players," said Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the FAW, according to the BBC.

Wales are in a unique position in that Bellamy, Ramsey, Allen and Taylor are all likely to be involved in their opening World Cup qualification matches in September.

In contrast, no members of England's Euro 2012 squad will play at the Games whilst no players from Scotland or Northern Ireland have been selected.

"It was always their decision," Ford continued. "They knew where we stood.

"Ultimately they were able to make the decision themselves and let's just hope they come back to us fighting fit for our World Cup qualifiers in September."

Ford also insisted that the Olympic Games could never match a World Cup or European Championship in terms of footballing prestige.

"I'm pretty damn sure there's no player that would give up the Fifa World Cup winners' medal or a Uefa European Championship winners' medal for an [Olympic] gold medal," he said.

"I'm pretty damn sure that's the pinnacle of our sport and that's unfortunately something that will always stay."