England boss Hodgson has doubts over pitch even after Poland postponement
Wednesday 17 October 2012
Roy Hodgson has questioned whether or not the pitch in Poland will be playable by the scheduled Wednesday afternoon kick-off time, the Daily Mirror has reported. England were supposed to meet Poland in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening, only for the game to be rained off.
It has been reported in the Polish media that the reason the roof was left open - despite heavy rain being forecast - was an attempt by the Polish management to disrupt the pitch and make the fixture as difficult as possible for England.
But when the rain kept coming it proved too late to close the roof, ironically because of the heavy rain rendering the mechanism ineffective.
The Mirror adds that the pitch had only recently been re-laid after the previous surface was damaged by a series of non-football events, including a gig by Coldplay. The cost of ripping up the old pitch and putting in the new one came in at more than £100,000.
Hodgson said: “The pitch is in a very poor condition, the water is lying on the surface and it’s going to need a lot of attention if it’s going to be playable.”
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