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Concert ruins football field

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 18:58 IST
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The Rolling Stones might be one of the most popular bands in the world, but officials at German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart are not singing their praises at the moment as their football ground was ruined by the group's concert.

The lawn of the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium was ruined during a concert the aging rockers gave in the city Friday, team manager Horst Heldt said Monday.

"The condition of the lawn is a catastrophe. Our worst fears have materialised," he said.

Stuttgart is opening their season at home against Nuremberg Saturday and the lawn in one of the penalty areas has to be replaced, as no grass will grow there after the huge stage has been taken down.

The rest of the lawn has also taken a beating due to holes in the cover.

"A week before our start we have such poor conditions. No other Bundesliga city has to deal with such issues. We are the main tenants in the stadium and we now have such problems," Heldt said.

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