Amazonia pitch fears allayed

  • Last Updated: June 13 2014, 17:42 BST

World Cup organisers insist the Arena Amazonia pitch will be in "good condition" for England's Group D opener against Italy.

The pitch in Manaus was treated on Wednesday
The pitch in Manaus was treated on Wednesday

On Wednesday pictures emerged showing the playing surface in Manaus to be in a shocking state, with over-fertilisation making the grass dry and leading to brown patches.

Remarkably, a man with a cannister on his back appeared to be spraying what looked to be paint on the affected areas the following day - a matter FIFA refused to comment on.

The governing body confirmed the pitch had undergone "treatment" ahead of Saturday's match, which the local organising committee insists will be in a decent condition.

"We had more an aesthetic problem than a performance problem," spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi said.

"We have a team of specialists there, giving a lot of attention and we are sure that the stadium, the pitch will be in good condition. "