22 Aug 2008

FIFA boss says they'll protect Olympic football

7:58 am on 22 August 2008

The head of football's world governing body has promised there'll be no repeat of the club versus country row in the 2012 Olympics.

Several European clubs were reluctant to release their young international players for the games, including Barcelona, who only begrudgingly allowed Argentina's superstar Lionel Messi to play.

Sep Blatter says he'll ensure Olympic football is incorporated into the international calendar in the future.