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SBD Global/June 12, 2012/International Football

Spanish Team Claims Playing Surface Was Too Dry During Euro Match

After members of the Spanish football team complained that the grass was “dry and too long” during its Euro 2012 match against Italy, the Polish Football Federation explained that it could not do anything since Italy was not in agreement, according to EUROPA PRESS. Polish Football Federation President Grzegorz Lato said, “The grass was at its perfect length. Normally, the field is irrigated before the match, but for this the acceptation of both teams is necessary.” He added: “Spain wanted it, but Italy was opposed to the irrigation. If there isn’t an agreement between the teams there is no irrigation”(EP, 6/11) ESPN’s Michael Ballack agreed with the Spanish team about the field. Ballack said, “It’s the European Cup, a big tournament and they should be prepared with the pitches, and I can’t understand why the pitch was so dry. I think they will change it and it’s right to moan” (UEFA Euro Report, ESPN, 6/11).
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