Wembley Stadium’s controversial pitch is to be dug up immediately, the Football Association has confirmed.
The surface will be relaid and ready for the FA Trophy final on 9 May, as well as the Football League play-off finals and the FA Cup final on 30 May.
The Football Association said in a statement on Monday that “further improvements” were required after the playing surface came in for strong criticisms following last weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.
The grass has been re-laid five times since the stadium re-opened in 2007 and the new surface will be a ‘sand-soil’ pitch.
Arsenal manager Wenger called the surface “a disaster” and “laughable” after his side’s defeat by Chelsea on Saturday.
“It is really embarrassing,” said Wenger of the pitch. “When you see how much this stadium has cost and you still can’t get a proper football pitch. Somebody must give an explanation.
“I am not sure the pop concerts (held at Wembley) are an answer (for the pitch’s condition). This pitch was never good since the start.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his worries over the pitch were the reason why he fielded a weakened Manchester United team, who were beaten by Everton in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday.
“When I saw the pitch what I didn’t want was to go into extra-time with my strongest squad,” said the Scot.
“They’ve got all these lights around the perimeter to help the growth and the standard of the soil but it looks dead to me.”