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Problems resurface over Wembley's pitch

Problems with Wembley’s pitch, which have rasied questions over the design of the stadium’s roof, resurfaced during Saturday’s FA Cup Final.

Players raised concerns over the quality of the pitch after the match final between Chelsea and Portsmouth.

Chelsea captain John Terry said he was “massively” worried about the surface. “We trained on it yesterday and played today and it’s really dry and patchy. It’s simple not good enough,” said Terry.

His team’s midfielder and captain of the German team Michael Ballack limped off during the course of the match and suggested the quality of the pitch had contributed to him falling over.

The Wembley pitch was also used on Sunday for the Blue Square Division play-off and is set to be the setting for the Championship play-off final prior to England’s game against Mexico on 24 May.

“The pitch is terrible and there are no excuses for that”

Chelsea player Frank Lampard

Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard added: “Thank goodness the [England v] Mexico game is a friendly because the pitch is terrible and there are no excuses for that.”

The pitch was relayed for the FA Cup Final on Saturday. After the England v Mexico game the pitch will be used for the League One and Two play off final.

Turf specialist Total Turf Solutions, which has worked on rugby and cricket stadiums, last week told NCE that the stadium’s roof did not allow enough light and air to circulate in the stadium. As a result grass could not take hold in the turf, resulting in a poor playing surface.

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