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WB faces flak over turf

A day after HT revealed that FIFA had denied the country's first artificial turf at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan a two-star status necessary for hosting professional football matches, it drew flak from clubs.

sports Updated: Jun 07, 2010 00:04 IST
Somshuvra Laha

A day after HT revealed that FIFA had denied the country's first artificial turf at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan a two-star status necessary for hosting professional football matches, it drew flak from clubs.

Worst affected are the three I-League clubs based here. Apart from the I-League, the stadium will also play host to the Santosh Trophy in July and later the IFA Shield.

"What enrages us is that we were never asked for an opinion on the matter. It was just the whim of the state government ," said Chirag United club director, Nabab Bhattacharya.

Even though FIFA has been championing artificial turfs as an alternative to natural ones where regular maintenance is a problem, few stadiums in the world have acquired it.

East Bengal secretary, Santosh Bhattacharya, suggested authorities should see how the one-star status could be upgraded.

Mohun Bagan secretary, Anjan Mitra, however, blamed the government.