Pretty heavy showers caused a football field with waves of grass in Dutch Eredivisie. Referee Pieter Vink was about to cancel the match between Heracles and Feyenoord, but came back to this decision after the field was ‘repaired’.
“It’s fascinating to see”, says an unhappy referee before the match to Dutch national tv (NOS). “It looks like the golf green.” He told the reporter the club is getting the artificial turf specialist in as soon as possible to find a solution.
Just in time there was a solution: the scissor. People from the home team made holes with it in the articial turf to release the air out. Then a tractor driving over the pitch and game on!
Video is in Dutch, but the images show you enough about Sunday’s troubles in Heracles’ stadium.
In UK referee Neil Swarbrick had to cancel the match between Sunderland and Reading at the Stadium of Light due to a waterlogged pitch. Watch his explanation on YouTube.