Polish FA chief Grzegorz Lato has dismissed Spain’s complaints about the pitch after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Italy, denying the grass was too long and saying the Italians refused to let it be watered.
<>”What nonsense! The grass was the perfect length,” Lato, winner of the Golden Boot as top scorer at the 1974 World Cup, told Polish radio station TOK FM.
“The thing is that often one waters the pitch for the game. But you need agreement from the two teams. The Spanish wanted it to be watered, the Italians did not agree,” he added.
Lato said the Italians had clearly wanted a slower pitch to make it easier to block Spain’s intricate passing game.
“They know that the pitch being slower – because on a watered pitch the ball slides a lot and will move a lot faster – is the better tactical option for Italy,” Lato said.