Andorra's Artificial 3G Pitch Evokes Criticism During Wales Euro Qualifier

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2014


Wales' Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales is being played at the 3,300-capacity Camp d'Esports del M.I. Consell General.

The venue has evoked controversy because of its artificial 3G pitch. According to a manufacturer, it is artificial grass interspersed with black rubber "crumbs," laid upon a thin base layer of sand.

Andorra only laid their pitch six days ago, but it passed a UEFA inspection. Wales Online note that Real Madrid did not want Gareth Bale to play on the surface, which is usually less forgiving and more prone to causing injuries than grass.  

Plenty of fans on Twitter have criticised the playing surface during the game, with many noting that it appears to be worse than the kind of fields amateurs play on.