Football Federation Australia (FFA) has decided to postpone the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 7 fixture between the Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Wellington Phoenix at Spotless Stadium due to concerns with the playing surface.
The Head of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke, personally inspected the surface at Spotless Stadium today and considered it a potential safety risk to the players and match officials.
“We understand that the surface at Spotless Stadium is presently going through a necessary seasonal transition from Rye (Winter) grass which has been sprayed out as per the annual schedule, to Couch (Summer) grass,” said O’Rourke
“Unfortunately some sections of the Spotless Stadium surface have not regenerated as hoped due to recent cooler weather and as a result the surface is not consistent to the standard we require in the Hyundai A-League.
“We discussed this issue with both clubs, the venue and Fox Sports and we agreed to postpone the match to a later date.
“A decision to when the match will be scheduled will be made in the near future,” concluded O’Rourke.