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Friday, 23 November 2018

Plastic shards found on pitch ahead of A-League


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Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Jets has lashed out at the state of the Spotless Stadium pitch prior to Friday's A-League game against Western Sydney Wanderers, likening the surface to a carpark.

Before the game volunteers were required to help clear the ground which had shards of plastic on the surface.

The venue was used for a concert last Saturday and the pitch was inspected and cleared by the Wanderers and league officials on Tuesday.

Wanderers players trained at the stadium on Thursday and reported no issues then, a day before the ground's first A-League fixture of the season.

However, the heavy winds which have lashed Sydney over the past couple of days are believed to have blown litter on to the ground.

Merrick inspected the ground before the game and found a screw on the pitch.

"I just had a couple of minutes to pick up some of the rubbish on the football pitch," Merrick told Fox Sports

"I'm not sure if you could call it a football pitch, it's more like a carpark.

"Of course I am (worried) but the match commissioner says it's playable so it's playable.

"We're happy to play as long as we don't get an injury but that's pretty bad."

Irrespective of any debris, the pitch looked less than perfect with brown tinges in some areas amid different shades of green.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Jets has lashed out at the state of the Spotless Stadium pitch prior to Friday's A-League game against Western Sydney Wanderers, likening the surface to a carpark.

Before the game volunteers were required to help clear the ground which had shards of plastic on the surface.

The venue was used for a concert last Saturday and the pitch was inspected and cleared by the Wanderers and league officials on Tuesday.

Wanderers players trained at the stadium on Thursday and reported no issues then, a day before the ground's first A-League fixture of the season.

However, the heavy winds which have lashed Sydney over the past couple of days are believed to have blown litter on to the ground.

Merrick inspected the ground before the game and found a screw on the pitch.

"I just had a couple of minutes to pick up some of the rubbish on the football pitch," Merrick told Fox Sports

"I'm not sure if you could call it a football pitch, it's more like a carpark.

"Of course I am (worried) but the match commissioner says it's playable so it's playable.

"We're happy to play as long as we don't get an injury but that's pretty bad."

Irrespective of any debris, the pitch looked less than perfect with brown tinges in some areas amid different shades of green.

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