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Pitch Inspection Planned

28 January 2014

There will be a pitch inspection at 9.30am on Wednesday ahead of the fixture at Sheffield United.

Sheffield United’s Sky Bet League One encounter with Peterborough United on Wednesday evening is subject to a pitch inspection, due to standing water on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Football League referee Michael Naylor inspected the Lane playing surface on Tuesday afternoon and highlighted four problem areas. With more rain forecast in the S2 region, he believes the game is at risk.

'Sunday’s game and the recent rain have taken a toll on the pitch,' said Mr Naylor. “If the game was scheduled for Tuesday evening, the pitch would not be fit. Both goalmouths, just in front of the dugouts and down the left wing heading towards the Bramall Lane stand are highlighted as particular problems and further downpours would cause additional issues in terms of player safety.'

The Football League have been informed of Mr Naylor’s findings and wish to uphold their policy of not calling off fixtures where pitches are deemed to be waterlogged the day before. With that in mind, an inspection will be carried out by local Premier League referee Craig Pawson at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.




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