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United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will not be happy trying to clean up at Burnley
Published : 15 Aug 2009 00:59:37
Premier League stars will have to queue for a shower at Turf Moor this season after newcomers Burnley were allowed to delay work on their outdated dressing rooms until next summer. The news will come as an unwelcome surprise to Manchester United who are the opponents for Burnley's first home game on Wednesday night. Sir Alex Ferguson criticised the standard of Premier League dressing rooms in April, complaining some were too cramped for modern day football with clubs now having to accommodate seven substitutes and a large backroom team. The United boss will not be amused to discover that an inspection of Turf Moor revealed the dressing rooms were significantly smaller than the minimum 30 square metres stipulated in the Premier League rules, and that their facilities fell short of the standards required. There were only two shower units in each dressing-room, and a large bath with 'BFC' in claret tiles on the back wall which was installed in the 1970s. The communal baths disappeared from modern dressing rooms some years ago over concerns that disease or infection could be transferred from an open wound.