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Giggs plays down Olympic anthem row
Ben Rumsby
09:27 AEST Mon Jul 30 2012

Captain Ryan Giggs insisted it made no difference whether or not Great Britain's Welsh footballers sang the national anthem at the Olympics after helping make Games history.

The 3-1 victory over UAE at Wembley was Team Great Britain's first of London 2012 and therefore their first at an Olympics for 52 years, while 38-year-old captain Giggs became the oldest scorer in the tournament's 88-year history when he gave them a half-time lead.

Giggs and fellow Welshmen Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen caused a row during their side's opening 1-1 draw against Senegal on Thursday by not singing God Save the Queen.

They were silent during the anthems again tonight and Giggs said afterwards: "It's a personal thing.

"The British anthem is the same for a Welshman, Scotsman or an Englishman.

"It's difficult but it's not an issue for us. It might be for other people but, once the game starts, we're all pulling in the same direction and I think that's the main thing."

Team GB's final group game against Uruguay takes place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium where Giggs, Bellamy and Allen can expect a hero's welcome.

The national anthem may not be so warmly received in the Welsh capital.

"I hope it won't get booed and I hope the fans will get behind us as they have in our first two games," Giggs said.

"It will mean a lot to all of the Welsh lads to play in our own stadium, our own back yard so it will be a great occasion."

UAE equalised after Giggs' goal before Scott Sinclair scored with his first touch and fellow substitute Daniel Sturridge also netted.

Giggs added: "It was a very important win, especially after the Senegal (draw) result and the pressure was on.

Giggs was replaced moments before Sinclair's goal and he revealed he had a tight hamstring, while manager Stuart Pearce admitted he was preserving his captain for Wednesday's do-or-die Uruguay clash.

A draw on Wednesday will be enough for a quarter-final berth but Pearce described the match as "sudden death".

He also played down the shock exit of Spain.

"What I would say is I've not seen anything to suggest that any team that beats Brazil will not win the final," he said.

"We won't look anything further than the next game.

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