Sepp Blatter has dug up another hornet’s nest by claiming that he wants the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to be played on artificial turf.
The Fifa president told BBC Sport:
We have envisaged, though it’s not yet a final decision, that the 2010 World Cup could be played on artificial turf.
I think it’s now time in this region to think about artificial turf.
Blatter hasn’t been convinced with the quality of pitches used in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, and thinks artificial turf is the best solution:
I’ve followed with a lot of interest most of the matches of this competition, and I have to say that African football is at a very high level. What I’ve not not liked so much is the turf, especially in Accra – the grass is too high.
Artificial turf is a solution to the owners of stadiums – you can use it more than just once a week, you can use it for other sports.
I think it’s better than uneven ground, where control of the ball not easy.
I’ve got another solution for you Mr Blatter. If you think the pitches in Africa aren’t good enough for a World Cup, don’t stage a World Cup there.