Uefa has strict Euro 2024 pitch rule in place after Man Utd clash sparked controversy

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UEFA have implemented rules around watering of pitches at Euro 2024 to avoid a repeat of Manchester United’s clash with Bournemouth.

In April, a Premier League game between the two sides led to mocking on social media after fans spotted one penalty area being noticeably water-logged at the Vitality Stadium.

Pitches are not set to be in danger of over-watering at Euro 2024Getty

Bournemouth’s pitch was accused of being a ‘swimming pool’ against Manchester United in AprilReuters

Viewers described the match, which ended 2-2, as taking place on a “swimming pool”.

The incident was caused by over-watering before the game.

But no such problems are expected in Germany this summer as a result of regulations put in place by Uefa.

The governing body insist pitch-watering must be announced at the pre-match meeting and has to be distributed evenly across the turf.

The “general rule” will also permit that watering must be concluded one hour before kick-off, although there are times when this could be altered.

The full guidelines read: “The host association must announce the pitch-watering schedule at the pre-match organisational meeting.

“The pitch must be watered evenly and not only in certain areas.

“As a general rule, pitch watering must finish 60 minutes before kick-off.

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“Additional pitch watering may be carried out if so decided by the host association in the qualifying competition and by UEFA in the final tournament, provided it takes place:

Between 15 and 10 minutes before kick-off (or between 20 and 15 minutes before kick-off during the final tournament depending on the countdown); and/or

During half-time (for a maximum of five minutes, allowing substitute players to warm up on the field of play).”

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The Euros get underway on Friday when hosts Germany take on Scotland in Munich.

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