Coventry home match against Rotherham faces pitch inspection after rugby sevens event


Sunday’s match between Coventry City and Rotherham United at the Coventry Building Society Arena is in doubt as there will be a pitch inspection later today.

Championship side Coventry share their home ground with rugby union side Wasps.

The 32,500-seater stadium has also hosted this summer’s rugby sevens event at the Commonwealth Games which has impacted the quality of the pitch.

Coventry announced there will be a pitch inspection today at 6pm ahead of Sunday’s scheduled 3pm kick-off.

A club statement read: “Coventry City can confirm that there will be a pitch inspection at the Coventry Building Society Arena at 6pm on Saturday, ahead of our home game against Rotherham United.

“Concerns have been raised regarding the condition of the pitch at the Arena and there will be an inspection by a senior referee.

“We will keep supporters updated following this inspection on Saturday.”

Wasps said they are working with Coventry to improve the surface of their shared ground after the recent tournament.

“Since the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games, which saw three full days of Rugby Sevens action take place at the arena, the grounds team have been working around the clock to repair the pitch in preparation for the start of the season,” said a Wasps spokesperson.

“We are in close contact with Coventry and committed to working with them to resolve their concerns. A pitch inspection will take place tomorrow so a decision can be taken with regards to Sunday’s game.”

Coventry manager Mark Robins aired his concern during his pre-match press conference.

He said: “(The Rotherham game) can’t be played if the pitch is dangerous so we’ve got to get that up to standard and it’s not up to standard at the moment.

“The thing is we’ve got a situation where they need time to get that problem alleviated and rectified because it’s just not good enough for anybody. We have been let down.”

Coventry and Rotherham both opened the league campaign with 1-1 draws against Sunderland and Swansea City respectively.

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