There is a plan to combine all of Great Britain for the London Summer Olympics soccer tournament next year. Most likely, the only player that is not English who would make the combined team is Gareth Bale.
Former US national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel thinks Bale should defy a potential ban imposed by the Welch FA and play for team Great Britain. He says:
“For players such as Gareth Bale to miss out on that experience would be terrible. It’s not just the actual matches it’s the entire learning experience. You get to be around all the other sportsmen and women and for players to miss out on it in Great Britain would be a travesty.”
I do agree with Mr. Friedel that missing the Olympics is terrible and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. However, he is completely wrong to say just give in and join the Great Britain side. I think Bale should take a stand, defy the combined team and declare he is only playing for Wales.
He isn’t British, he is Welch and to combine those two together is like trying to blend oil and water. He should demand that Wales be allowed to compete on their own, not buried behind a Great Britain flag. Even if the competition pounded them, at least they would be their own team.