FA - No concerns over Krakow
FA director of communications Adrian Bevington insists there are no concerns over England's training camp in Krakow for Euro 2012.
Last Updated: 05/12/11 4:34pm
Football Association director of communications Adrian Bevington insists there are no concerns over England's training camp in Krakow, Poland, for Euro 2012.
A recent newspaper report highlighted the current state of the dilapidated Hutnik Stadium and its facilities, situated in the Nowa Huta district of Krakow.
Bevington accepts the stadium, which is the home to fourth division part-timers Hutnik Krakow FC, is not the newest of venues.
However, England have stringent plans in place to upgrade the playing surface by the time the Three Lions arrive ahead of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Bevington is happy with the work going on and he has labelled the reports as disrespectful to the hosts as they are doing their best to ensure the team have everything required.
"We're very disappointed with the reports that are in one of the national newspapers (on Monday), that's for sure," Bevington told Sky Sports.
"Sky Sports were out in Krakow with us a month ago. Your reporter Nick Collins was with a crew. We gave access to every area of where we were planning to be next summer.
"Clearly the Hutnik Stadium is an older ground. There is some remedial work going on there already being organised by the council and club. So clearly there are some images of building work going on.
"The most important thing for us is the pitch will be of the highest standard when we get out there in June. That is Fabio's primary concern. We're very confident in that.
"We work with an international company Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). They work with FIFA and UEFA. They will be working closely with us to the period of the team arriving in June. We're confident when do arrive the pitch will be of the highest standard.
"The stadium will also be improved. It's not an international stadium. It wasn't going to be for us. We're very happy. We haven't stumbled on this. We've been working on this for 14 months.
"We looked at facilities in Warsaw, across Poland and in Ukraine with senior FA officials a year ago last week. So it's not for lack of due diligence that we've got the facilities that we have. We're very confident that what we provide for the players will be a good standard.
"The season is still going on and there's a Polish winter to take place as yet. We're very confident when the team arrive in the early part of the summer, the pitch in particular, will be of a high standard. As was the case in South Africa, Germany and the previous tournaments.
"We have to deal with these reports on a frequent basis ahead of tournaments. Last time it was that the hotel wasn't going to be built, it was a building site. Strangely enough that was because it was a building site. When it was built it was a fantastic facility.
"We need to show more a little bit more respect to our hosts out in Krakow who are delighted to be hosting England. We've had a lot of work with them already. We've got a good relationship and we don't want to say anything derogatory."