Gareth Bale raised more than a few eyebrows when the midfielder, who denied a call up to Great Britain's Olympic team due to injury, took the field for Tottenham against the LA Galaxy on Tuesday. Now the authorities are beginning to ask questions.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter added to the controversy this morning when he said Bale could be banned for the duration of the Olympics should the Football Association lodge a formal complaint.
"The principle is that if a club does not release a player then this association can come to FIFA and we will then ban this player during the duration of the Olympics," said Blatter. "So far nobody came to FIFA to say we should, but it is a possibility we could ban these players if they are not at the disposal of the national team."
Tottenham has hit back against the accusations saying Bale only returned to fitness this week and Bale told Spurs TV that his rehab was "well ahead of schedule." Should FIFA step in and institute a ban, Bale will be unable to play in any games for Tottenham until the conclusion of the games on Aug. 12.
Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:
CHELSEA SIGN OSCAR
Chelsea is getting set to take on the MLS All-Stars Wednesday night, but they'll take the field knowing that they have another young playmaker on the way to Stamford Bridge.
The club's transfer saga involving Brazilian playmaker Oscar came to an end, with the Blues paying a reported £25 million to Internacional for the 21-year-old Olympian's services. Hazard joins the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin as young attacking options that Chelsea has gone out and added in an attempt to fortify their place in England and Europe for years to come.
MOURA STILL PUSHING FOR MAN UNITED TRANSFER
Lucas Moura could yet become a Manchester United player as the Brazilian's agent, as per Moura's request, is still negotiating with the club.
The deal appeared dead when Manchester United refused to add $8 million on to their initial offering of around $38 million for the 19-year-old. Moura is currently in Cardiff, Wales, preparing for Brazil's London 2012 campaign. Moura is currently contracted by Brazilian club Sao Paulo.
MODRIC FORCED TO TRAIN WITH TOTTENHAM RESERVES
The transfer saga surrounding Luka Modric isn't getting any prettier.
The Tottenham midfielder returned to the club's London training facility and apologized for refusing to accompany the team on their pre-season tour through the United States. Modric will not join Spurs for the two friendlies on the east coast but will instead train with the reserves for the immediate future. Real Madrid have yet to match Tottenham's $62 million asking price for the Croatia international with Paris St. Germain also interested, although Modric has said he doesn't want a move to France.
On Tuesday, Modric was fined an undisclosed amount for his absence.
KAGAWA SCORES IN MAN UNITED FRIENDLY
Manchester United got a positive contribution from brand-new signing Shinji Kagawa on Wednesday as the Japanese midfielder scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Shanghai Shenhua.
Kagawa converted a volley from close range after Bebe delivered a beautiful cross into the penalty area in the 68th minute. Kagawa arrived from Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of up to $26 million.
Both Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka were rested for Shanghai as the Chinese league becomes congested with fixtures.
BECKHAM ADMITS TO OPENING CEREMONY ROLE
Despite not being picked to play for Team Great Britain, David Beckham will still be part of the 2012 Olympics.
Beckham is currently in Philadelphia preparing for the MLS All-Star game but will fly out to take part in Friday's Olympic opening ceremony. The 38-year-old declined to specify what role he will play.
"It is some kind of role in the opening ceremony which I am honored to be involved in because obviously I was involved in the start process with this seven years ago," Beckham told The Associated Press. "And for Seb (Sebastian Coe) to have kept me involved, I'm very proud of that."
Beckham was in London earlier in the week and appeared beside boxing great Muhammad Ali, who is also rumored to be part of Friday's festivities.
Do you think Bale should be banned for playing the friendly? What do you think of Chelsea adding Oscar to its cast of young stars? Hope to see Moura end up with Manchester United? Do you see Modric staying at Spurs? Excited Beckham will be part of the opening ceremony?
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