Football League step in over state of Blackpool’s pitch

Blackpool's Niall Maher battles with Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah
Blackpool's Niall Maher battles with Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah
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The Football League has contacted Blackpool demanding an explanation for the state of the Bloomfield Road pitch, writes WILLIAM WATT.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka described the surface as an insult to supporters after his side’s 2-1 win on Tuesday.

“It’s unbelievable,” Karanka said. “The pitch wasn’t good enough and it’s a lack of respect for everyone who pays to come.

“It’s a lack of respect to the Middlesbrough fans who travelled, and more so to the home fans who come here regularly to watch football and want to be entertained.

“I said I was concerned with injuries and there were two – Daniel Ayala and one of their players (Charles Dunne). They have problems with their backs or legs.

“I can’t understand why a pitch like this is allowed in the Championship.”

It’s believed the Football League have been inundated with complaints about Pool’s pitch and have contacted the club calling for answers.

Manager Lee Clark said: “We can’t do anything about it in the short-term. If we tried to relay the pitch now it wouldn’t set in time.

“It’s a concern for me and the players. We don’t get any pleasure about playing on that pitch.

“But we can’t do anything now. We just have to do our best and cope with it.”

No-one else at Blackpool FC would comment and the League is issuing no statement, though The Gazette understands that Pool are co-operating with the League and are compiling a report.