Wembley set to get new pitch
A new pitch is to be laid at Wembley in the wake of heavy criticism of the playing surface at the national football stadium. The pitch was heavily criticised by three of the four managers of the the FA Cup semi-finalists and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor described it as an "embarrassment". The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Portsmouth is the next match to be played at the stadium and a new pitch will be in place by then. "Wembley Stadium can confirm that a new pitch will be installed, with work commencing today," a statement on Sunday said. "We will continue working with The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) to install and maintain the new turf. "The pitch will be the same type as was used in the latter part of last year. "We will continue to refine the installation and maintenance regime to build on the formula that was successful during that period. "Wembley and STRI feel confident that we will be able to deliver and sustain a good pitch at Wembley for our busy football schedule in May." The stadium hosted a Guinness Premiership rugby union match between Saracens and Harlequins on Saturday.
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