A-League loses pitch battle in Australia’s sporting pecking order | Emma Kemp

A-League loses pitch battle in Australia’s sporting pecking order | Emma Kemp

The Guardian

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Questions are being asked after the league-leading Central Coast Mariners were not allowed to train on a pitch that was reserved for a game of touch

On a day mid-last week, the Central Coast Mariners almost trained in preparation for the weekend’s match against Melbourne Victory. The A-League leaders only got through the warm-up on the fields they had booked before coach Alen Stajcic deemed it unsafe – they were effectively “underwater” due to the New South Wales storms.

That part is simple misfortune. The next, not so much. The field next to it was, according to Stajcic, “bone dry”. “Regardless of the rain, it was in immaculate condition,” he said. ‘“But we were told there was a touch tournament on there next week and we weren’t allowed on there.

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