MEPs hail footballing independence
21 October 2003
MEPs from Scotland and Wales today united to welcome the continued Independence of the Scottish and Welsh football teams. SNP MEP Mr Ian Hudghton and Plaid Cymru - the Party of Wales MEP Mr Eurig Wyn, expressed their delight that the four national teams from the UK have been recognised in the new statutes of FIFA. These statutes will ensure the long-term existence of the separate teams. Mr Hudghton commented:
"The news from FIFA is a tremendous result for Scotland - as well as the other national teams from the UK. It has been fashionable in certain quarters to call for the creation of a single 'GB' team. The fans can now however relax - and look forward to a famous victory next month in Amsterdam.
"Scotland's team have battled hard in recent weeks and have shown that they can hold their own against the rest of Europe. The FIFA decision secures Scotland's place as an Independent footballing nation - and secures our voice at the top table."
Commenting later Mr Wyn said:
"FIFA are to be commended for enshrining Wales' place in what is essentially the constitution of world football. Wales are on the brink of reaching their first international finals in decades - and the team have done the whole nation proud.
"The profile of Wales has been raised considerably in recent months - and it has been a wonderful example of what Team Wales can do when we stand up for ourselves. I look forward to the day when an Independent Team Wales stands up for the country on every international body."