July 26 – British Olympic Association leadership today scoffed at Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that Welsh star Gareth Bale should be suspended for playing for Spurs during the Olympics… Japan record their first ever win over Spain at any level on the first day of the men’s football tournament. INSIDER’s Bob Mackin and Mark Bisson report.

July 3 – With around 1.2 million tickets to sell in just three weeks for the Olympic football tournaments, London 2012 organisers today stepped up their promotion of the competitions to boost slow sales… Stuart Pearce explains omission of David Beckham from Team GB football squad. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.

June 28 – London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton tells World Football INSIDER he’s “relaxed” about the challenging task of selling 1.2 million tickets for the Olympic football competitions in just four weeks… David Beckham “very disappointed” after not being selected for Team GB squad. Mark Bisson reports.

May 17 – Sebastian Coe says he is putting no pressure on Team GB’s men’s football coach to pick David Beckham for the Olympics, claiming he should be picked on merit alone – even though his selection is guaranteed to help shift some of the 1.4 million tickets on sale for the football tournaments. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Athens.

March 28 – Team GB boss Stuart Pearce says the Olympics are “one of the most exciting” tournaments to take place in England for young British players… FIFA’s outgoing head of security hopes his whistleblowing programme is not watered down… Gerard Houllier on the English FA’s new centre of excellence. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Manchester.

March 8 – England ‘s caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has not travelled with a Football Association delegation to a UEFA workshop for Euro 2012 coaches in Warsaw. But INSIDER understands that his absence does not mean the FA have ruled out appointing him to take the reins at this summer’s championships. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.