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All U2 leave behind is a ruined surface

Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00

The South African Football Association (SAFA) will be crying Achtung Baby the next time they hear U2 are on their turf after the Irish rock band inadvertently stopped play at Soccer City.

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At the venue of last year's World Cup final, a new pitch had to be laid at the cost of €160,000 following U2's concert there last month, but the surface failed miserably when put to the test in a top-of-the-table match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Huge divots were dug up during the game and players were running the risk of injury, forcing the SAFA to declare it unfit for play and switch their African Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt later this month to nearby Ellis Park.

Irish Independent

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