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Mar 31, 2011

Casillas slams UEFA over pitch

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has slammed UEFA's decision to allow his side to play their Euro 2012 qualifier on poor quality pitch against Lithuania on Tuesday.

There was an outcry before Spain's 3-1 win over the state of the field, but the surface in Kaunas was defended by European football's governing body, much to the anger of Casillas.

"We've got three points on a pitch which was impossible to play on. The pitch was a disaster," Casillas was quoted as saying by Marca. "I think that sometimes we have to catch UEFA's attention, because this is lamentable. We go and play where they tell us to, but these football pitches don't help anyone to play this sport. It isn't only this one.

"UEFA has to come out and look at them and worry much more about pitches like this. They need to do much more and not stay in their seats behind a desk telling us we have to wear pants and the same coloured socks. What they have to do is make sure the installations are in a condition to play football."

UEFA responded to the comments, maintaining that it was up to the referee and the home association to decide whether the pitch was fit to play on.

"If the host association finds a match cannot take place, for example because the field is not fit for play or because of the weather, it must notify the visiting association and the referee before their departure from home and the UEFA administration at the same time," said UEFA in a statement.

"In this case the match must be played on another date as agreed by the host association and the visiting association, subject to the approval of the UEFA administration.

"In the specific case of Tuesday night's match the referee decided after assessing the situation the pitch was fit for the game to go ahead.''

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