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Cork move league tie out of Pairc Ui Chaoimh following pitch controversy
Last Updated: 05/02/19 7:49am
The Cork County Board have announced the hurling league clash with Clare is being moved away from Páirc Uí Chaoimh, after the playing surface was not up to scratch for Sunday's doubleheader.
The Rebels' upcoming home tie with the Banner on February 16 will now take place in the nearby Páirc Uí Rinn.
Cork GAA cited player safety as a concern, and revealed that they are looking into replacing the surface later this year.
"The playing surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for last weekend's Allianz Leagues games was unacceptable," read the statement. "The heavy pitch-side traffic, associated with the construction works for the new stadium build, has had a detrimental effect on the pitch. As was evident yesterday (Sunday), in winter conditions, the surface is likely to cut up badly. However, as weather improves the grass roots will develop and playability will improve dramatically.
"The stadium team have engaged the Sports Turf Research Institute, who are international pitch specialists, to advise on the best way forward. Their preliminary results suggest a pitch replacement, later this year, will be required. In the short term, we will continue to use best endeavours to ensure the surface is kept to an acceptable standard. Our primary concern is player safety, and if an acceptable standard cannot be achieved we will not risk player injury by fixing games in the stadium.
"We will assess the pitch each Monday, in advance of the upcoming Allianz League games."