The Rostov pitch that Jose Mourinho complained about last week has now been banned by the Russian Premier League.
The Manchester United manager made headlines six days ago when he slammed the state of the surface at Rostov’s Olimp-2 home ahead of his side’s Europa League last-16 first leg meeting.
He said it was just as well his players were insured after UEFA failed to act on United’s complains about the pitch.
And fortunately his side managed to get through the clash with Rostov without any injuries while earning a 1-1 draw which sets them up nicely for the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.
But now Rostov have been hit with some bad news after the Russian Football Union banned their pitch because it’s so bad:
The Olimp-2 (Rostov) and Central (Rubin Kazan) stadiums have been banned from holding RPL matches by the RFU due to the state of the pitch.
— David Sansun (@RFN_David) March 15, 2017
So Mourinho had a point after all? It was clear from seeing the pitch on the night that it wasn’t up to the usual standard expected at European level.
But now the ban will force Rostov to put serious work into getting their park into shape so they can hold Premier League matches.