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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Rotherham under fire after away teams find nails, U2 fans on Don Valley Stadium pitch

Huddersfield Town are ready to follow Rochadale in making an official complaint to the FA at the state of Rotherham United's pitch with manager Lee Clark comparing the Don Valley turf to 'someone's living room after a house party'.

After moving out of their traditional home Millmoor due to a dispute with the landlords, Rotherham have taken up temporary residence in the 25,000-seater Don Valley Stadium.

While the lack of cover, the 15,000 plus empty seats every week and the 200m gap between supporters and the action have caused minor nuisance, the ground playing host to large music gigs is a larger headache.

The visit of unremarkable, Irish three-chord assemblers U2 on August 20 has taken its toll on the pitch.

Rochdale complained at finding pieces of glass and nails, but Huddersfield were even more irate during last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy epic when goal scorer Robbie Simpson was upended by a bass amp and midfielder Jim Goodwin spent much of the second half trying to direct stoned gig-goers home.

"It was a disgraceful situation," Terriers' boss Clark scowled. "The place looked like someone's living room after a house party.

"There were pizza boxes, hundreds of empty cans of beer, hundreds of half-empty cans of beer and a few sheepish red-eyed couples sleeping on a pile of coats."

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