Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has criticised UEFA in the wake of Spain’s Euro 2012 win over Lithuania on Tuesday.
The match was played on an extremely bumpy pitch, but UEFA defended the surface in Kaunas after the game, much to the irritation of Casillas.
“We’ve got three points on a pitch which was impossible to play on. The pitch was a disaster,” Casillas was quoted as saying by Marca.
“I think that sometimes we have to catch UEFA’s attention, because this is lamentable. We go and play where they tell us to, but these football pitches don’t help anyone to play this sport. It isn’t only this one.”
The Madrid keeper then suggested that UEFA should reconsider their priorities.
“UEFA has to come out and look at them and worry much more about pitches like this,” he added. “They need to do much more and not stay in their seats behind a desk telling us we have to wear pants and the same coloured socks. What they have to do is make sure the installations are in a condition to play football.”
Spain’s 3-1 victory maintained their perfect record so far in qualifying as they attempt to retain the European Championship title they won in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.