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Bohemians reveal inspection presents pitch as safe

Updated: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 19:39 | Comments

Bohs have defended the Dalymount surface
Bohs have defended the Dalymount surface

Bohemians have said an expert inspection of the pitch at Dalymount Park has assessed it as playable and presents no safety hazard to players.

The inspection took place on Tuesday, the day after the referee cancelled a match between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers on the grounds that the pitch was unsafe for players.

According to Bohs, the report received today presents expert opinion that the pitch was safe.

A small repaired area behind one penalty spot had been identified by the referee as a particular issue.

Agricultural scientist Pat Suttle reported to Bohemian FC “that the area in question did not constitute a hazard of such seriousness that it would cause serious injury to players”.

He concluded: “It is my opinion that the pitch was playable and that it did not constitute a safety hazard to players”.

The report also concluded that there may have been “a breakdown in communication between the referee and the groundsman through no fault on either side”, when they spoke on Monday evening before the referee made his decision, but Bohs did not state exactly what the confusion had been.

A consultant preparing a further report for the Football Association of Ireland has also indicated to club officials that he did not consider the pitch unsafe.

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