As Portsmouth and Chelsea booked their places in the FA Cup Final over a weekend of highly dramatic semi-finals, members of the Football Association must have been cringing.
And not because there were England players throwing themselves into heavy tackles. It was the pitch beneath the stars that caused the anguish, the dreadful surface that some bright spark has called a football pitch.
It was more like football’s answer to "Dancing on Ice". Portsmouth’s first goal in Sunday’s win over Spurs highlighted the problems blighting the national stadium, with Michael Dawson losing his footing and allowing Frederic Piquionne to tap home.
Players were slipping all over the place from start to finish, largely ruining two semi-finals which could have offered so much more. No wonder the cooperate seats by the dugouts were half-empty for both games. No wonder aghast players looked ruefully at the turf on so many occasions.
The FA Cup Final promises to be a wholly embarrassing affair as things stand, and the FA thought they’d seen the last of them when Mark Palios left.
The FA must sort the pitch out. And fast.
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