06 Sep '11, 12am

Iraq coach Zico slams Jalan Besar stadium's synthetic pitch, saying it was for 'school kids'

Iraq coach Zico slams Jalan Besar stadium's synthetic pitch, saying it was for 'school kids'

The Iraq team members - (from left) manager Riyadh Abbas, coach Zico and interpreter Silam Kamil - looking at the Jalan Besar Stadium's artificial pitch, on which the ball bounces differently and moves faster compared to natural grass. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM By Sanjay Nair Jalan Besar Stadium's synthetic surface came under attack from Iraq coach Zico, who condemned it as being unsuitable for a professional football game. 'This kind of pitch is for school kids,' the former Brazilian star lashed out on the eve of his team's 2014 World Cup third-round qualifier against Singapore. 'A good football match is played on natural grass. I respect Fifa's decision to play it here but, in my opinion, it's not the right choice.' Before speaking to reporters on Monday, the 58-year-old was seen gesturing animatedly at the field as he stood next to Iraq team manager Riyadh Abbas in the sta...

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