Sunday, 19 August 2018

POLL: is it time to ban artificial surfaces in Scottish football?

It’s not the first time a Rangers player has fallen foul on Rugby Park’s dire surface. Fans will remember Martin Waghorn’s season was badly curtailed in 2016 after a foul for a penalty led to his early exit oddly enough in a cup match.

And now today Jamie Murphy fears the worst after reported ligament damage following a fall innocuously during a challenge with Killie’s egg-exploding Kirk Broadfoot. There is zero doubt, despite Stephen Craigan’s protestations otherwise, that Murphy’s injury wouldn’t have happened on an organic surface. Grass and soil are softer, have more give, and crucially, break up on heavy impact.

3G pitches are barely any better than soft (ish) concrete – anyone who has ever played on these surfaces knows how non-organic they feel, how badly natural balance is impaired and how auto-kinesthesis is borderline AWOL.

And now we see a very serious chance these attributes have ended Jamie Murphy’s season or even worse. Ligament damage is a deeply worrying injury, and can see a player out for an extended period, plus the worst-case scenario of the rest of their career being badly blighted by related injury problems.

Murphy had literally just got back onto a game in Maribor following some flat form, and was ready to go – now his season is at serious risk.

Why do Killie use these disgraceful surfaces? Presumably price – we get that Kilmarnock aren’t rich, but there is no price on someone’s safety and health and the SPFL have made a huge error allowing this and New Douglas Park to carry on their plastic pitch nonsense.

When Rangers and Celtic agree on something, you know there’s something in it. Scott Brown wants the pitches banned, Gerrard is now exactly the same.

As Gerrard said pre-match – we prefer grass, and as he equally said, no excuses, but there’s a difference between blaming a pitch for bad play, and blaming it for a clear and obvious failing leading to a bad injury.

It’s now unacceptable, and we wonder how many more professionals must be maimed for the powers-that-be to finally ban this ridiculous, dangerous and intolerable surface.

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  1. I said yes. But see if it was actual 4g with rubber pellets, and no turned into a sand pitch by the clubs trying to cheat the bounce

  2. Injuries aside it's painful watching good players slipping and sliding all over the place. It's like watching a puppy chase a ping pong ball across the kitchen floor. It makes our league look unprofessional.
    Strangely enough Kilmarnock used to have one of the best grass pitches in Scotland and it was rarely off because of frost because of their near seaside location.

  3. PS I believe Livingstons pitch is even worse. Get grass or get out.

  4. RFC should refuse to play on plastic pitches full stop!

    LETS GO WATP πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

    1. Are you suggesting forfeiting 3 points every time we come across a team that plays on a plastic pitch?

      At least think about what you’re saying before posting ridiculous comments.

      IN is correct, it will take Rangers and Celtic to collectively challenge the plastic pitch with the SPFL etc and if need be the clubs that have this surface should receive a ‘grant’ / ‘subsidy’ to help finance the relaying of grass etc.

  5. I reckon it spoils the game from a spectator/fans perspective but it doesn't really matter what I think / vote but when the vast majority of professional players are saying get rid of them and the SPFA are saying they have to go, then they have to go.

  6. This is the stuff they should be using:

  7. Yes!
    And any team in the top division of their country with a plastic pitch should be Demoted! πŸ‘Š

    Also with Murphy now a lengthly absentee, Id Like to see Middleton get a run in the team πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ

  8. Enough is enough !! No More Synthetic ...Hybrid different...No Grass then either relegated fined or lose the SPFL position it's no complicated


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