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In very difficult conditions that was one hell of a good game yesterday. And it was played on an excellent pitch (despite the surface water in the corner). The standard of grass surfaces these days has improved beyond all recognition and fans are now expecting to see good pitches as routine. Yet again the pitch at Adams Park is looking very good this season too.
I’ve seen games on 3G at Maidstone and Oxford City and can see the arguments that where clubs are primarily focused as community hubs they can have a positive effect.
However, 3G/4G pitches are known for damaging players’ knees and are not liked by most professionals as a result. In addition, the rubber crumb spread on them to dampen the bounce of the ball is made mostly from re-constituted tyres. There have been suggestions that regular exposure to this can be carcinogenic.
In view of the above I would argue that 3G/4G pitches should NEVER be allowed in the Football League. This should be one of the core standards of EFL membership. I’m amazed the Scottish Premier League allows it.
The only reasons for having them are to raise revenue by pitch hiring or alternatively by selling off training grounds etc to make money as players would then train on their own plastic pitches.
In other sports (like cricket for example) the core values of the sport are being eroded by short-term money-making gimmicks (mostly instigated by pressure from TV companies). Playing professional football on grass should be one thing that is kept as sacrosanct.