Singapore government warns Sports Hub over sandy pitch

Jeanette Tan
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According to Reuters, Singapore's sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, said Brazil coach Dunga.

Singapore’s governing sports body on Tuesday issued a sharp warning to the company behind the Sports Hub after the conditions of the pitch at the National Stadium drew criticism ahead of the Brazil-Japan international friendly match that night.
 
In the statement shared with Yahoo Singapore, Sport Singapore chief executive Lim Teck Yin deplored the “sub-standard readiness” of the already-beleaguered football pitch that was “far from being satisfactory for an international match at any level befitting of our new National Stadium”.
 
“This is a significant disappointment and has led to public outcry since the match between the Singapore Selection and Juventus till now,” he noted.
 
Lim also expressed his concern that the National Stadium will not be ready to host the upcoming Suzuki Cup ASEAN football championship, which will take place from 23 November this year.
 
“The pitch remains one of the key deliverables that the SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) has yet to fulfil in spite of promises and assurances given in the past to the government and the public,” he added. “Sport Singapore will hold SHPL accountable for the outcomes of their next actions. We cannot be paying for what has not been delivered.”
 
Additionally, Lim stressed the need for SportsHub Pte Ltd to “decisively” address the issue of the numerous events held there disrupting and complicating the growth and maintenance of the pitch.
 
Even Brazil and Japan national team coaches voiced their concern about the substandard pitch on Monday, when they both trained on the field a day ahead of their sold-out friendly match, which Brazil ended up winning 4-0 thanks to star player Neymar.
 
After the game, Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis called the pitch “horrible”, while Brazil coach Dunga said his side could have produced “a much better spectacle” if the pitch conditions had been better.
 
The business-oriented nature of the new Sports Hub has also been raised by Singapore national football players, who took to social media to express their grievances against its management.

With additional reporting by Teng Kiat