Wembley chiefs reviewing pitch options
Wembley chiefs today admitted that there was justification for the criticism of the standard of pitch for the FA Cup semi-finals and are reviewing options to improve the surface.
There was widespread criticism following the semi-finals and Wembley say it is "probable" the pitch will be replaced before the final.
A Wembley Stadium spokesperson said in a statement: "We accept and understand the frustrations around the standard of the pitch at Wembley for last weekend's FA Cup semi-finals.
"The problems faced on Saturday were due to the way the surface was prepared and the measures used overnight were unable to resolve the situation sufficiently for the match on Sunday."
Wembley say football is the top priority but they need to replace the pitch several times a year to hold other events.
A decision on whether to replace the pitch again - this one has only been down for four weeks - will be made after the weekend.
The spokesperson added: "There is a unique challenge with the surface at Wembley and we are working with expert pitch consultants to get it right.
"Wembley Stadium is a multi-purpose venue and we have to hold other events as part of the business plan, which means regular pitch replacements each year.
"Football is the number one priority and we understand we have to find a way to deliver and sustain a consistent quality pitch and replicate the successful formula that we developed in the second half of last year.
"We are currently reviewing all options to provide the best surface for the busy period going forward, including a probable pitch replacement. We will make this decision after the weekend."
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