Saturday 16 December 2017

Pitch battle

Giovanni Trapattoni spoke diplomatically about the quality of the Aviva Stadium pitch, which is feeling the effects of a Six Nations hangover.

Observers from UEFA will have watched with horror ahead of the big Europa League final date in May, but the relevant authorities are absolutely certain that the surface will be pristine for the big night.

It's just as well, as the prospect of Braga meeting FC Twente on a rugby pitch will do little for Irish tourism.

Irish Independent

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