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What They're Saying: Alex Morgan
August 10th, 2014 3:58AM

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TAGS:  canada, fifa, women's world cup

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"They are treating us as second class to the men. Using the women as guinea pigs in their experiment is just not right."

-- U.S. star Alex Morgan on FIFA's plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup at six venues with artificial turf. (TMZ.com)


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    commented on: August 10, 2014 at 6:47 p.m.
    Perhaps. But - Can't we ever allow for the notion of: Practicality? I would say to Ms. Morgan or anyone else the top level tournaments I have personally witnessed in great dismay as new turf is being rolled out (in rain, wind, overly hot or just too often imperfect conditions - for example, on a completely unrealistic deadline for "new grass project" completion) just 30 - 60 hours prior to a quarterfinal or semi final. With the expected results of portions of the turf loose, not set, not firm. Everyone has heard Mr. Steven Gerard of Liverpool FC bemoan his own slip a few months ago, yes? I have no knowledge of this other than its pivotal role in how Liverpool's title hopes were dashed that match day. Was a a turf issue? Improper work or slipshod from groundskeepers? Who is to say? So let me allow for Ms. Morgan and many others that the uniformity and reliability of today's modern turf often do offer far much more than just the cliché of an "even playing field." During my playing days and as a match official I can recount times when slippages, uneven ground, divots, etc. resulted in not just haphazard play but real injury. Today's good, top turf is no comparison to even one decade ago. If I were still an active player, I would prefer turf. Particularly when playing in the biggest matches of my life - on a field that just saw 90 minutes or more of action just 48 or 72 hours prior. Please consider such things, Ms. Morgan. And don't be so quick to suggest the often overused and incorrect assertions of unfairness. Try living in the Middle East if you want to understand "unfair" where it is complete abuse. Or has Ms. Morgan (and thousands of others) failed to note that no nations from the Middle East or many parts of Asia and Africa will be present in Canada? Reflect on that. That would be more worthy. Not on the truly great difficulty of today providing for the demands of a playing field that also doubles as an event location and opening/closing ceremonies, etc. Last: Think John Terry with Chelsea FC facing Man United in that all -England Champions League Final, the penultimate moment in world club soccer. What was the seminal moment in that stadium and on that field? (Where there were ample moments of 'grass turf failure' in the prior 120 minutes. Terry's plant foot slipping completely as he misskicked his penalty and did not score. Look at the German teammate Michael Ballack's face at that moment. Do you think about such things? Top professional tournament managers - who truly care - do think about such things.


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