La Liga open investigation against Real Valladolid pitch after Barcelona match

first_imgLa Liga have begun an investigation into the pitch at Real Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium after the horrendous state of the pitch came to light in their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday.Valladolid are the newly-promoted side of La Liga and their debut in Spain’s top division was against title holders Barcelona. However, instead of the focus being on the team and their performance, it all boiled down to the condition of the pitch.The horrid state of the pitch affected the spectacle of the match severely and players from both sides struggled to control the ball. Barcelona especially struggled to play their passing style football.Such was the state, that players were having to replace entire clumps of turf that had been dislodged.”Following the conclusion of the game between Valladolid and Barcelona, a disciplinary case will be opened in order to clarify who is responsible for the state of the pitch at the Jose Zorrilla stadium not meeting the minimum conditions demanded by the competition,” La Liga said in a statement.La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Twitter during the match that the pitch “did not meet the minimum criteria demanded for a competition like La Liga.”Valladolid coach Sergio Gonzalez said the club had done everything possible to get the pitch ready.”We were the last team to get promoted and we’ve had issues getting the pitch ready on time,” he told a news conference.On a newly-laid pitch that began cutting up in the warm-up, a number of Barca players were left visibly frustrated as they struggled to impose their usual passing style.advertisement”It was deplorable,” said defender Gerard Pique of the surface.”It’s not even a question of being able to play football, rather the risk of injury to professionals. I hope those in charge do their jobs and sort this out because it’s a disgrace.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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