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Sheffield United: Peterborough game in doubt

Groundstaff tend to the Bramall Lane pitch before Sunday's match with Fulham

Groundstaff tend to the Bramall Lane pitch before Sunday's match with Fulham

 

Sheffield United have announced that tomorrow’s League One fixture against Peterborough at Bramall Lane is subject to a pitch inspection.

The playing surface, which was badly damaged during last weekend’s FA Cup tie with Fulham, was scrutinised by referee Michael Naylor earlier this afternoon after groundstaff highlighted “four problem areas” according to a statement on United’s website.

“Sunday’s game and the recent rain have taken a toll on the pitch,” Naylor said. “If the game was scheduled for Tuesday evening, the pitch would not be fit.

“Both goalmouths, just in front of the dugouts and down the left wing heading towards the Bramall Lane stand are highlighted as particular problems and further downpours would cause additional issues in terms of player safety.”

A United spokesperson said: “The Football League have been informed of Mr Naylor’s findings and wish to uphold their policy of not calling off fixtures where pitches are deemed to be waterlogged the day before.

“With that in mind, an inspection will be carried out by local Premier League referee Craig Pawson at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.”

 

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