Thenational.ae, 11 Oct 2014
Singapore’s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state’s US$1 billion (Dh3.67bn) Sports Hub.
The field seemed to have as much sand on it as grass and was cut up in several areas when it was viewed by media earlier in the week.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) acknowledged the poor surface but declared it fit for use late on Thursday.
“We are of the view that the pitch is playable and the game can proceed if the match commissioner and teams agree,” the FAS said in a statement.
“However, we are also of the opinion that the condition of the field is far short of expected international playing standards, which could affect the standard of play.” Full story
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