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Pitch Protestations

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Following Aston Villa’s loss in the Carling Cup final, James Milner has spoken about the poor Wembley pitch, describing it as “worse than the couple of lower league team’s pitches we have played on, to be honest”.

Some media outlets are blaming the decision to let Rugby Union teams Worcester and Saracens play at Wembley on February 13th, on the poor condition of the pitch.

Pitch quality is an issue that occurs a couple of times a season. With the recent bad weather hitting football through postponement of matches due to water logged pitches, the lasting effects of this has been poor pitch quality.

This is not the first time the Wembley pitch has been criticised however. Back in April 2009, the aftermath of the FA Cup semi finals were marred by complaints about the state of the pitch, with similar complaints of the turf cutting up. Since the £750 million stadium was opened, the pitch has been relayed at least six times.

It’s not just Wembley that has come up for criticism in the past. Wigan Athletic, who share their home ground with the rugby club of the same name, are planning to relay their pitch shortly after complaints about the playing surface. Back in 2008, these sentiments were echoed by then boss Steve Bruce, who blamed a scrappy game against Derby, on the clubs turf.

Do modern players in the Premier League expect too much of these pitches, or do showcase grounds such as Wembley have a duty to provide a flawless playing surface?


Written by Nicole Carroll

March 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

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  1. What happened to these player playing on the school field when they were young and not complaining at all, i agree that in the best league in the world our pitches should be up to the best quality, but these people are on 50, 60, 70 grand a week, if i was on that money id play on a dirt pitch like in the 60’s and not winge at all. i also agree with the state of the wembley pitch, for one of the most costly stadiums in the world it should be up to the best standered in the world, but then again maybe the F.A. is trying to save money.

    Will Fazack

    March 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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