Hull City

SMC Pitch Update

18 September 2017
The SMC would like to respond to suggestions made by local media that the pitch was not prepared sufficiently for Hull City's game against Sunderland on Saturday. It has been alleged that there were no penalty spots marked in either of the goal areas.

The way that the penalty spots are now marked involves a hollow circle rather than the traditional large white spot. This is done to limit the amount of paint on the grass which ultimately damages the surface. It also removes the need to ‘green’ the white marks when the groundsmen change the markings between rugby and football, this process is also damaging for the surface. The pictures below show that this way of marking the pitch is less visible from the stands but when closer to the spot it is clearly present and visible.

We would also like to point out that two full sets of match officials, one for the EFL fixture and one for the development match, approved the pitch as playable after a full inspection. If there hadn’t been the correct markings this would have been raised by the officials.

We are disappointed that some people have chosen to question the work standards of our staff without being properly informed on the situation. Our current groundsmen have also received verbal abuse on a matchday due to the ongoing employment tribunal case with two former employees, this is both unnecessary and unacceptable.