Barcelona have lodged an official complaint with organisers UEFA about the state of the pitch at the San Siro for ednesday’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 Spanish team said in a statement on Thursday.
“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-game news conference.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani acknowledged the pitch needed resurfacing and said they were in talks with Inter
Milan, the club 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.”