Britain outraged as Team GB's Scottish, Welsh players snub 'God Save the Queen'
London, July 27(ANI): The decision to snub singing the national anthem of UK by various Welsh and Scott members of Team GB has caused outrage in Britain.
Woman footballer Kim Little said she had made a 'personal choice' not to sing it before her team's matches at the Olympics because she is Scottish.
Little and another Scottish player, Ifeoma Dieke, stood silently as God Save The Queen was played before Great Britain's opening match against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Welsh footballers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy were also criticised for failing to sing the National Anthem at the opening match of British men football match at the Olympics, and their decisions are likely to cause huge offence to many fans of Team GB.
The British Olympic Association is believed to be infuriated with Little's decision.
A spokesman for the association, which had previously stated that all athletes should learn the national anthem, gave a short statement, saying it was Little's choice whether or not to sing but that all British athletes should 'show respect'.
Little, who is from Aberdeenshire, said her decision not to sing the anthem was 'just a personal choice'.
"I'm delighted to be representing Scotland in the Great Britain team," The Daily Mail quoted Little, as saying.
Giggs, who is the Team GB men's football captain, had previously said he is "Welsh and proud of it but sees it as nothing but positive that he can play for Team GB as well."
But his and Bellamy's failure to sing drew criticism on football forums and Twitter. One forum member wrote: 'Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy not singing the national anthem of Great Britain was bang out of order! They should be honoured to be there!" (ANI)
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