Under-fire Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce has insisted that it was a Ã¢ÂÂsensible footballing decisionÃ¢ÂÂ for his squad to kill, cook and eat badminton partners Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier after a less than satisfactory evening meal in the Olympic Village.
Great Britain face a tough task in their bid to win a football gold medal, with the Brazil side who beat them 2-0 in a friendly prior to the tournament seen as overwhelming favourites.
Uncompromising boss Pearce is clearly taking his task seriously, but has been criticised for failing to embrace the Olympic spirit, after excluding David Beckham from his squad, repeatedly referring to the competition as the Ã¢ÂÂWorld CupÃ¢ÂÂ in press conferences and upending the Velodrome by stamping on the lower part.
Last nightÃ¢ÂÂs controversial decision to serve up the Anglo-Scottish mixed badminton pair on a bed of rocket and couscous is likely to fan the flames, but Pearce has no doubts he did the right thing.
Pearce: Fully embracing the Olympic spirit...
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm here to win a football tournament,Ã¢ÂÂ Pearce told FourFourTwo.com.
Ã¢ÂÂAnd I canÃ¢ÂÂt have Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] giving me that look that says heÃ¢ÂÂs still a bit hungry but too polite to order another main because he knows weÃ¢ÂÂd all have to wait for it to arrive.
Ã¢ÂÂI felt the same, truth be told. I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt have managed a shot-putter or even a pole-vaulter, but I fancied something.
Ã¢ÂÂOf course you feel sympathy for the badmintoners [badminton players] because theyÃ¢ÂÂve spent four years building up to this, swatting [hitting] that feathered thing [the shuttlecock] over the bar [the net] loads of times only to end up in Tom CleverleyÃ¢ÂÂs colon, but this was a purely footballing decision and I believe I made the right one.Ã¢ÂÂ
Pearce has often been accused of placing too much importance on football since the former defender replaced his wedding vows with a quick game of headers and volleys during which a tuxedoed David Platt teed him up for a string of point-blank bullet-headers past despairing bride, Elizabeth.
Editor's note: this isn't a serious accusation and all quotes are fictionalised. But you knew that, because you're not stupid.
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