San Siro set to have artificial pitch installed following Wenger and Guardiola complaints
10:21 GMT, 20 April 2012
The San Siro looks likely to have an artificial pitch installed in time for the start of next season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola have both complained about the state of the pitch this season when facing AC Milan in the Champions League.
Rant: Wenger was furious after Arsenal's 4-0 defeat at the San Siro
Wenger said after Arsenal's 4-0 defeat in March: ‘I didn’t know it was possible. The pitch we played on was 10 times worse than it was on Tuesday.
'I complained to the official at UEFA but he just looks at you and says, ‘‘Oh, thank you very much, I have a dinner tonight’’.’
Guardiola's complaint was less frantic than Wenger's, probably given the fact his side drew 0-0 against Milan.
'In the end we adapt to everything… but it's clear that this was a problem for the spectacle,' he said earlier this month.
Complaint: Barca registered their feelings with UEFA
Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that work on a hybrid pitch combining synthetic and natural layers will begin in June.
Following the Barca game Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani expressed his desire to see a new pitch laid, but stressed that an agreement needed to be reached with rivals Inter Milan, who share the stadium.
The pitch has been in poor shape for years, ever since a partial roof was installed at the stadium for the 1990 World Cup, reducing exposure to sun.