Daily Mail scandalised as GB footballers fail to sing anthem
Scottish women and Welsh men stand stony-faced during God Save the Queen
IT HASN'T taken long for the press to expose cracks in the Great Britain football teams, with non-English players in both the men and women's teams seen failing to sing the national anthem.
The Daily Mail led the charge as it reported that there was "anger" after some of the Scottish and Welsh contingents "refused to sing" God Save the Queen. "Their decisions are likely to cause huge offence to many fans of Team GB," it gasped.
There was also outrage on Twitter where the non-English players were accused of failing to get behind the concept of a united Great British team.
The culprits on Thursday night were Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy, two senior members of Team GB, who are both Welsh. "Not singing the national anthem of Great Britain was bang out of order! They should be honoured to be there!" said one tweeter.
Critics failed to point out that several members of the England team, including Wayne Rooney, often fail to sing the anthem ahead of internationals and, as the Daily Mirror noted, Team GB manager Stuart Pearce confirmed "he had no problem with Giggs and the other Welsh members of his squad opting not to sing God Save the Queen".
Meanwhile the two Welsh veterans were the two best players on the pitch and combined for the GB goal, before Senegal equalised as the match ended 1-1.
The failure of some of the men's team to sing came a day after two Scottish members of the women's team, Ifeoma Dieke and Kim Little, kept their mouths shut before their match. After the game the Mail despatched reporters to find their relatives to demand to know why.
The paper breathlessly reported that "Little's family said the 22-year-old footballer had chosen not to sing the anthem 'because she is Scottish'." The Mail told its scandalised readers that her grandfather - "who is an SNP voter and wants an independent Scotland" - supported her decision.
"The British Olympic Association was said to be furious about her decision," moaned the paper.