Thursday, February 8, 2018
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged the Football Association to assess whether Rochdale’s pitch is safe ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round clash on February 18.
Eyebrows were raised by the state of the Crown Oil Arena pitch on Tuesday but the fourth-round replay against Millwall was allowed to go ahead.
Rochdale’s previous two home League One games have been postponed, while last weekend’s Rochdale Hornets match against Batley Bulldogs in rugby league’s Betfred Championship was called off.
Pochettino said: “I think the FA needs to assess the pitch and then to take a decision if it is good for the FA Cup, good for the players, for the team and players to play on this type of pitch.
“Not because we are Tottenham – Rochdale I think too cannot play there. It is a massive risk for their players too. The FA needs to go in and take a good decision for football.”