EURO 2012: ‘La Rojas’ to complain over Gdansk grass
THE Spanish football federation is to lodge a complaint with UEFA about the state of the pitch at the Gdansk Arena, after the European champions’ opening 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday.
A source close to the federation saidt hey would be complaining to European football’s governing body after a number of players, including Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas, complained about the condition of the grass.
“LaRojas” still have to play two further GroupC matches at the same ground against the Republic of Ireland tomorrow and Croatia on June 18.
Fabregas claimed the surface was “a disgrace” and bonedry.
At a news conference, coach Vicente Del Bosque backed his players.
“I simply find it a shame that the grass was so dry. That destroyed the quality of the entertainment,” he said.
The Spanish game’s Polish counterparts on Monday hit back at the holders.
“The pitch was in a perfect state,”said the head of the Polish football federation, Grzegorz Lato.
“As for the dryness, normally the ground is watered before the match but for that you need the agreement of both teams. Spain wanted it done, Italy didn‘t.”
UEFA said in a statement that “there was the clear intention to water the pitch as much as possible (to correspond the demand of the Spanish team) but certainly only up to the point before the additional watering could cause a damage to the pitch.” AFP