Wednesday 22 November 2017

Derry's pitch anger

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels says the FAI "don't care" about the standard of playing surfaces as he blasted the state of the pitch at the home of Galway United.

Derry played out a 0-0 draw in Eamon Deacy Park on Monday night and while Shiels praised the general facilities at the Galway ground, he was disgusted with the surface.

"Football teams need a pitch to play on. That's twice we have come down here and the pitch has been awful. And look at the place - it's beautiful," he said. "They (the FAI) bring a delegate along and if you step one foot outside the dugout they are down on you like a ton of bricks. But they don't care about the football pitch.

"Why do they not care about the football pitch? I'm so angry about the condition of the pitch, it stopped us from winning the game.

"The League of Ireland has to get their act together. The important thing is not the beautiful stand. I'd rather play on a park pitch as long as it's good, and that was outrageous."

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