Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou criticized the poor state of the pitch at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, stating he is embarrassed to have hosted Greece’s national team on such a bad playing surface.
According to an ABC report, the comments came after Saturday’s last-minute 1-0 victory. Austraila won the match when Mathew Leckie scored a goal in the 94th minute. However, the pitch of Sydney‘s Olympic stadium was soggy after heavy rains throughout Friday. Postecoglou said that the shoddy surface puts Australia’s World Cup Qualification at risk and it is like cheating the fans.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, I’m really embarrassed,” Postecoglou said. “We’ve got an international team here that we’re hosting and we’re supposed to be the sporting nation of the world.”
“The crowd were fantastic [but] I felt sorry for them … it’s just not good enough. Hopefully other people take notice, because we’re representing our country,” he added.
“I can tell you what the Greek players were saying when they were coming off the pitch, and they’re too polite to say anything publicly… But in our game and our game alone, the pitch is actually an essential part of the spectacle. If that’s not good then we’re cheating people,” Postecoglou went on to say.