Gdansk: Spain considering protest over pitch quality
source: AP; author: michał
Reigning World and European champions criticize quality of the pitch which supposedly was a factor leading to only a draw against Italy. Lawn is said to be too dry, which may cause official protest to UEFA – Associated Press reports.
Antonio Bustillo, press spokesman for the Spanish football association informed that Spanish team are concerned about Arena Gdansk’s pitch quality. Coach Vicente del Bosque as well as players Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas all complained about the turf being too dry, which affected the defending champions' passing game. Decision is expected later today.
Interestingly, though, Bustillo also admitted no-one raised similar issues the day before, when Spain were having their pre-match training session on the same pitch.
The lawn was relayed in early May, as ordered by UEFA. Since May 11th organizers monitor the quality of grass and Trawnik-Producent, Polish contractor, caters for it until late June. New turf and further care cost Gdansk municipality over 850,000 zloty (or €200,000).
As Polish public TV informed, sprinklers weren’t used ahead of the game as heavy rainfall was seen as sufficient irrigation. However it could be seen during the game, that pieces of the pitch fall off easily with players on it.