Barca-moaner! Guardiola and co complain to UEFA over San Siro pitch after stalemate
14:40 GMT, 29 March 2012
Barcelona have lodged an official complaint with UEFA about the state of the pitch at the San Siro for Wednesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg draw with AC Milan.
Players continually slipped on the surface and chunks of turf came loose at regular intervals as the Serie A side frustrated the holders ahead of Tuesday's return leg at the Nou Camp.
'(Barcelona) passed the matter over to UEFA delegate Mikalai Varabyov at the post-match meeting,' the Catalan giants said in a statement on Thursday.
Firing blanks: Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by AC Milan on Wednesday night
'Varabyov has included the complaint in his report and UEFA will demand an explanation from the Italian club.
'In the end we adapt to everything… but it's clear that this was a problem for the spectacle,' said Barca coach Pep Guardiola in his post-match news conference.
Turfed out: Chunks of the pitch were seen coming loose and flying up
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani acknowledged the pitch needed resurfacing and said they were in talks with Inter Milan, who they share the stadium with, to find a solution.
'At the end of the season if we have an agreement it can be done,' Galliani told the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. 'I'll fight for this new pitch.'