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Guardian refers to Team GB as England in Tokyo 2020 football coverage

21 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Team GB women’s football team By Gary Howden (CC 2.0)

The Guardian has referred to Team GB as England in the coverage of a football match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The London-based liberal newspaper made the error as the women’s team played Chile in its victorious opening match of the tournament.

They comfortably beat the Chileans 2-0, with Manchester City striker Ellen White scoring either side of the break to put her team in the driving seat in Group E.

The Team GB squad is made up of 19 England players, as well as Kim Little and Caroline Weir from Scotland and Sophie Ingle from Wales.

At 8:47am on the live blog the Guardian posted: “England win a corner. The referee seems very keen on stamping out set-piece-based penalty-area shenanigans, and has a chat with Francisca Lara before she lets the corner be taken, which the Chile defender seems to think is quite funny. The corner is cleared when it eventually comes in.”

The post was updated at 9:03am to say: “Team GB win a corner”.

Dan Roberts said: “I see the Guardian’s coverage of Team GB is going as expected #NoTeamGB #CymruAmByth

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George
George
2 months ago

I remember being in the Millenium Stadium in 2012 and someone behind me shouting “Come on England.” It’s very easy to support a GB football team if you’re an English football fan because you can pretend there is no difference without any effort at all.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago

It’s inbred in the so called ‘UK’ media. British is really English. They’ve done it so often in cricket the England and Wales team is now – just England. It has always been one of the primary reasons independence is so important – identity.

Glen
Glen
2 months ago

I’d prefer them to be called England.
Let’s not pretend a GB team is seen by the rest of the world as anything else.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Is anyone surprised really? After 500 years they aren’t suddenly going to start showing common respect to the elder nations now.

Last edited 2 months ago by Chris
Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago

Team GB? You must be joking! I recall a Welsh runner winning a high profile race and reaching for a Dragon flag from a fan….. The TV immediately pulled away to shots of the advertising blimp and race replays until the runner had left the stadium. No close ups or joyous family hugs and kisses, certainly no flag draped shots. What is so sinister about this is that someone decreed this as policy.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

shocker 😴

Richard Y Cymro
Richard Y Cymro
2 months ago

If this isn’t a warning I don’t know what is. A good example is Cricket. There’s an oddity called the ECB, or English Cricket Board, and Wales is part of it. Yes, and like the letter P in Philosophy, Wales is the silent partner. And we’ve had the P taken out of us ever since. Take Glamorgan Cricket. Wish somebody would. Who on occasions calls themselves, “The Dragons”, and say they are producing Welsh Cricketers of the future, but are hostile to Wales having their own national side? Strange, as bastions of Cricket Scotland & Ireland have sides?. They, Glamorgan,… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Richard Y Cymro
defaid
defaid
2 months ago

What you say about Glamorgan CC is quite interesting. I’ve given up searching for current info but until at least 2019, the treasurer seems to have been someone whose comments here are frequently deleted. Of course, it may not be his real name…

Last edited 2 months ago by defaid
Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
2 months ago

I totally agree with you, these Welsh cricket players are playing for England. It is high time Wales had its own cricket team 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Last edited 2 months ago by Stephen Owen
Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
2 months ago

Actually Wales used to play International Cricket before WW2.Noteable results were a 10 run loss to South Africa,a draw against New Zealand and a win against The West Indies.Unfortunatly back in the day the elitists who ran cricket in Wales decided that joining the County Championship as Glamorgan would serve the interests of Welsh cricket allot better.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Argh this makes me so angry because I hate the English!!!

(35 up-votes)

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

You’re welcome to go somewhere else if the level of debate is too much for you to comprehend. I guess you don’t understand shades of grey 😉😅

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
2 months ago

I suppose in a way They are right.The vast majority of people who live in the rest of the world will always refer to GB as England

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

Which is why we need out of here ASAP.

George Best
George Best
2 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

There’s some sad people on this forum, they need to get a life 😂

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago
Reply to  George Best

Talking about yourself are you 🤣

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