Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v England

Sunday, 07 June 2015, 20:00

International Match

Last Game

Italy 1 - 1 England

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 19:45

International Match

FIFPro criticises Manaus pitch

The world players' union FIFPro has strongly criticised the state of the pitch in Manaus, where England play their opening World Cup game.

Last Updated: 12/06/14 at 21:55 Post Comment

Manaus: Pitch at the Arena Amazonia has been strongly criticised by world player

Manaus: Pitch at the Arena Amazonia has been strongly criticised by world player

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The playing surface in the Arena Amazonia is visibly threadbare in places and even groundsman Carlos Botella admitted it was in ‘bad shape’.

There are also concerns over the high temperatures and humidity in the northern city, where England play Italy in their Group D opener on Saturday night.

"The players deserve a quality playing surface and conditions that reflect what is meant to be the world's premier football event. This is simply not the case in Manaus," said FIFPro in a statement.

"Nobody wants to see the players and the spectacle in general suffer."

Manaus, which lies at the heart of the Amazon rain forest, will stage four matches during the World Cup and because of its high temperatures, drinks breaks could be taken during the games there.

"FIFPro's concerns stretch to parts of Brazil, including Manaus, where heat and humidity can reach dangerous levels at this time of year," the statement continued.         

"Putting a player in harm's way is shockingly irresponsible and not how the game ought to be run.             

"Cooling breaks are important, but when and how often they're introduced during a match is also open to interpretation in order to ensure optimal protection for the players"

FIFA guidelines state that cooling breaks are considered when Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), which takes into account heat, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover, is above 32 Celsius.

The governing body has ruled that it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether cooling breaks are necessary at the World Cup.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "The pitch in Manaus has been undergoing treatment in preparation for the FIFA World Cup. Over the last three months, mitigation procedures have been put in place and there continues to be, significant
improvement.

"Pitch experts from FIFA and the LOC (Local Organising Committee) are satisfied that the pitch will be ready for training and the matches, and have been based in Manaus to ensure that all proper procedures are in place."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company