World Cup players complain of strange green stains on kits amid reports that pitches in Qatar have been PAINTED to cover rough spots, but FIFA denies the claims, saying the method is only used to heating areas.
By James Cohen for Mailonline
Posted: 10:25AM EST, Dec 5, 2022 | Updated: 10:45 AM EST, December 5, 2022
FIFA has denied claims that outfielders at the World Cup have been painting grass green to cover blemishes in the turf.
The question marks arose after several World Cup stars, including some from the England squad, noticed strange green stains on their kits after matches.
Although FIFA refuted the suggestions, there are still those who believe that the tournament organizers have taken the “Augusta approach” to the World Cup.
FIFA has denied claims that pitches in Qatar have been covered in green paint
As reported by Sportsmail, several players noticed stains on their equipment late in games, suggesting that paint had been used on the fields.
This is similar to what is done at Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most iconic Masters golf tournaments.
Golf club greenkeepers in Georgia have been known to paint over bar areas on the turf to hide any imperfect blemishes.
There were suggestions that this had been occurring during the competition in Qatar, however FIFA has denied the claims.
Instead, the organization confirmed that warm-up areas in World Cup stadiums are marked with green paint.
Harry Kane was clearly covered in green markings as he walked away to celebrate.
Luke Shaw’s kit nearly matched the color of Senegal with the green splotches marking its top.
The green markings on the kits became particularly apparent during England’s round of 16 clash with Senegal.
Several Three Lions players, including Luke Shaw, Harry Kane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, were seen wearing large green markings on their tops.
However, this was not enough to prevent Gareth Southgate’s side from securing a 3-0 win over the 2022 AFCON champions and booking their place in the next round.
The Three Lions will face reigning champions France in their quarter-final tie next Saturday.
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