Saturday, August 19, 2017

Concerns over Russian Cup Final pitch quelled

The Russian Football Union has announced that the playing pitch that will be used for the Russian Cup final is perfectly fine.

Reports in the Russian media have been buzzing over the poor conditions of the Yekaterinburg Central Stadium pitch. Many media outlets described the natural grass surface as "unplayable." The Russian Football Union announcement on Wednesday denied reports that the field would cut up too easily, and countered media accusations that the field could be compared to bombsites and vegetable patches, Ria Novosti reports.

"The Russian Football Union is surprised at the media reports that the final of the Russian Cup could be relocated from Yekaterinburg to another Russian region," RFU spokesman Nikolai Komarov said, according to Ria Novosti. "We categorically refute such reports. Moreover, we're sure that the pitch at the Yekaterinburg stadium will be totally ready to hold such an important football event,"

Komarov went on to note that brand new pitch was being laid in preparation for the game, and that some of Russia's top groundskeepers would be attending the field in order to ensure that the new field would be perfect condition in time for the upcoming match.

The Russian Cup Final will be held on May 9, and will be played between Dynamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan.