PFA against artificial pitches

The Professional Footballers’ Association has criticised Football League plans to introduce artificial pitches in League One and League Two.

Chairman from the bottom two divisions indicated at a meeting in September that they are in favour of 3G surfaces being used from 2015-16.

Iron chairman Peter Swann told on Tuesday that Scunthorpe were one of the teams in favour of the surface and if the proposal is approved, could try it out at Glanford Park next season ahead of the move to the new stadium in 2016.

The proposal could be approved at a further meeting in November.

“The PFA are surprised and disappointed by the recent decision,” the PFA’s Simon Barker told the BBC.

“It is a concern that the PFA as representatives of the players has not been asked to make representations before the club chairmen voted as ultimately it will be our members playing on these pitches.”

Barker believes that the enthusiasm from Football League chairman for a return to artificial pitches is based on inflated promises of income generated by installing an artificial surface

“It would seem that they are being driven by promises of increased commercial revenue streams and not for reasons of quality, integrity and safety,” he said.

“Discussions we have had with knowledgeable sources within the game suggest that figures quoted from additional revenue from hiring out an artificial pitch are often hugely inflated.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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