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England says it is unlikely to play men's soccer at Rio 2016

Associated Press

10/9/2012 10:10:07 AM

LONDON -- England's Football Association says Britain is unlikely to enter a men's team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Britain competed in the men's tournament at this year's Olympics in London for the first time since 1960, despite fears among the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs that a formation of the team would jeopardize their independent status within FIFA.

FA general secretary Alex Horne says "we fought hard to get a team representing Britain when the games was based here in London, but I don't see us repeating that for the men's team in Rio."

Horne said the FA, which is in charge of running Britain's Olympic teams, isn't ruling out entering a women's side for Rio.