News ID: 189444
Published: 0741 GMT March 15, 2017

FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League

FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League

A week after Jose Mourinho criticized its pitch, the Russian Premier League "banned" FC Rostov from hosting league games due to "shortfalls" in the playing surface.

Manchester United drew 1-1 at the Olimp-2 Stadium in its Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against FC Rostov last Thursday, BBC reported.

"It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field," Mourinho had said.

Rostov now has until March 24 to bring its pitch up to standard.

The pitch was dry and bubbly, and after the match Mourinho said the conditions made it "impossible to play a passing game".

The Russian Premier League told BBC Sport that Rostov will have its pitch inspected again on March 24, with its next home game on March 31 against FC Krasnodar.

UEFA had deemed the pitch playable for the Europa League game, but the Russian Premier League says it has different regulations in place.

United and Rostov play the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Like Rostov, Rubin Kazan's Central Stadium has also been banned by the Russian Premier League.

Resource: BBC
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