Finland ‘bans’ postponed soccer matches

Yellow and orange football on a snowy pitch

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Finnish soccer authorities wish to make snowed-off matches a factor of the previous

Finland’s soccer league is because of kick-off this weekend with stern recommendation from the native soccer authorities for golf equipment contemplating suspending matches due to the climate – do not.

In response to Veikkausliiga chairman Matti Apunen, golf equipment which can be unable get their pitches playable for revealed fixtures might want to discover one other venue “or lose house benefit”, national broadcaster Yle reports.

Talking on the league’s annual pre-season press day, Mr Apunen stated that postponements result in a fixture pile-up on the finish of each season, and the brand new guidelines exist to encourage groups to spend money on trendy stadiums with synthetic pitches.

With the league already operating on a good schedule, he stated there’s little room for groups to complete their fixtures in time if winter postponements aren’t eradicated.

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The brand new guidelines imply that IFK Mariehamn may not be capable of play all their house fixtures at their Wiklöf Holding Area

Winter ‘not fairly completed’

This flip of occasions is extraordinarily probably within the coming weeks, with winter “not fairly completed with Finland but”, Yle says.

Dwelling fixtures for Ilves, TPS Turku, FC Honka, and PS Kemi on their pure grass pitches appear significantly in danger, Iltalehti newspaper reports.

The brand new guidelines aren’t proving common with at the least one membership. Officers from IFK Mariehamn, primarily based on Finland’s south-western Åland Islands, inform Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper that the rule is “unfair” and should result in them having to play HJK Helsinki thrice on the present champions’ floor.

IFK Mariehamn play on grass relatively than a synthetic pitch, and the membership’s Peter Mattsson says being compelled to play matches on the mainland whereas the snow lingers means “we who dwell on an island can be responsible below the brand new laws, and that can be unsuitable.”

However Mr Apunen stays adamant, saying that playable stadiums are important if Finland needs to succeed in the height of worldwide soccer.

Reporting by Alistair Coleman

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