The term “home turf advantage” took on a whole different incarnation this past Wednesday when Galatasaray leveraged it to minimize Juventus’ chances of scoring by scalping the grass right off with a tractor on the bianconeri‘s attacking end.
This, however, wasn’t the first instance of such gerrymandering by the Turkish side. In fact, a similar situation occurred last year against Romanian side Cluj who complained about questionable field conditions at the Turk Telekom Arena.
The European football federation, UEFA, has had enough. In fact, Haberturk reports that Galatasaray has been verbally admonished, and warned by UEFA that they won’t admit a playing surface in similar conditions, which will be followed up by a formal letter.
In the future, when the playing surface will be in questionable conditions, a UEFA delegation will review and approve the field of play only if its conditions are acceptable.
Unfortunately for Juventus, it’s too little, too late.