League of Nations: the Austrian Federation is active for the hole in the lawn before the match against the Blues

The TV images are impressive: after the final whistle of Austria-Denmark (1-2), Monday evening, the Danish players railed with the organizers in the face of a huge hole observed in the central circle, sinking their legs at least 30 centimeters in the ground. “I don’t know what’s going on with this amateur stadium”, launched Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg after the meeting, in remarks reported by the press. Challenged by this situation, the Austrian Federation has been active since Tuesday to repair the defects of its lawn, before Austria-France on Friday (8:45 p.m.).

“The land is being examined by X-rays with a special device to see if other cavities may appear”a spokeswoman for the Federation told AFP. “The analysis must be completed by Wednesday evening”while a “meeting between UEFA (organizer of the League of Nations), the Federation and the stadium services” is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., supposed to bring ” More details “ on the situation.

1,000 square meters of spare lawn

The explanation of the formation of such a hole “is currently the subject of an expert assessment, but it is likely that there has been a significant increase in the level of groundwater in the neighboring Danube, caused by the heavy rains observed overnight from Sunday to Monday”said the same source. “The waters pushed upwards on the lawn, which caused a cavity to form, resulting in a hole. » The Federation also announced that 1,000 square meters of pitch will be provided by stadium services, “if the top layer of turf needs to be changed quickly” if new holes were detected. “The lower layer has for its part been densified” using a roller machine, she also adds.

The Austria-France match canceled?

On Tuesday, the president of the Federation Bernhard Neuhold told the local press that he could not, for the time being, “affirm that there is no other danger”. “There can always be scenarios that could lead to a cancellation of the match”, he added. On Monday evening, Austria also faced a major power outage in its stadium, delaying kick-off by an hour and a half. “The outage affected neighboring districts of Vienna and was caused by faulty power lines. Technicians assure that the heavy rains on Sunday caused this problem”, said the Austrian Federation to AFP. Rain is still forecast for Vienna for Thursday and Friday.

Stage of the Euro 2008 final, the Ernst-Happel-Stadion will be sold out for the reception of the French world champions, with 44,800 spectators expected during this meeting counting for the 3rd day of the League of Nations.

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