Friday April 20 2012
San Siro to go synthetic

Milan and Inter will play their home games on a synthetic surface from next season onwards, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The state of the San Siro pitch has been heavily criticised again this term, especially ahead of Milan’s Champions League ties against Arsenal and Barcelona.

The Spanish giants were so unhappy with the turf that they lodged an official complaint to UEFA about the condition of the pitch.

Milan responded to that action by admitting they had plans to install a hybrid playing surface with a synthetic base and natural grass on top.

Inter also later gave the green light to such an operation.

The Gazzetta today says that work on transforming the surface will begin in the middle of June and it should be ready for the Trofeo Berlusconi match between Milan and Juventus in August.

Ground staff at the Meazza have had difficulties looking after the turf ever since a third tier was added to the arena ahead of Italia ’90.