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Wembley pitch OK for play despite rough state, says UEFA

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Wembley pitch OK for play despite rough state, says UEFA
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - November 24, 2018 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo   -   Copyright  PHIL NOBLE(Reuters)
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By Christian Radnedge

LONDON (Reuters) – UEFA has maintained that the Wembley Stadium pitch is fit for purpose for Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan on Wednesday, although sources say it is disappointed in the appearance of the worn-out turf.

The Group B clash will be the seventh event on the pitch in just over four weeks, with an NFL match and two England games being played in the venue alongside Spurs fixtures while the Premier League club wait to move into their new stadium.

The match is a must-win fixture for Spurs as they seek a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

European soccer’s governing body is not happy with the aesthetics of the pitch, which has visible bumps and patches of mud. However, a spokesperson told Reuters in an email: “The playability of the Champions League match Tottenham-Inter is not compromised.”

Inter are second in Group B and three points ahead of third-place Spurs who have four points. Barcelona lead the group on 10 points and face PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday before their final game against Tottenham at home next month.

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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