Sunday June 10 2012
Spaniards blame 'shameful' turf

Spanish players and Coach Vicente del Bosque blamed the “dry pitch” in Gdansk for their draw with Italy. “It’s shameful we should have to play on this surface.”

The Azzurri had taken the lead in today’s 1-1 draw to open Group C before Cesc Fabregas snatched an equaliser.

“The pitch was not watered properly and this is not a good thing for football or the spectacle of the sport,” said del Bosque.

“If the pitch had been quicker, then we would’ve seen a more entertaining game.”

Xavi Hernandez also complained about the state of the turf in Poland.

“The field was not in good condition and this damaged us. The problem is it was not watered sufficiently, so this is why we were unable to pass the ball around in a fluid manner.”

Goalscorer Fabregas was furious in his reaction to the Gdansk Arena.

“It’s shameful that nowadays we should still have to play on this surface,” blasted the Barcelona midfielder.

Andres Iniesta pointed out “the pitch was in disastrous condition. It was incredibly dry and this did not allow the ball to move around well.”