Rio de Janeiro: Coaches and players, including Lionel Messi, are dissatisfied with the condition of soccer fields in four of the six Brazilian stadiums where Copa America games are played.
Races in Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Arena Gremio in Porto Alegre and Fonte Nova stadiums in Salvador have been critical about the bumpy surfaces.
Great football Messi became the last to complain on Sunday evening after the 2-0 victory of Argentina over Qatar in Porto Alegre.
"(The ball) hit the field a lot, all the fields we played on were very bad, it's hard," said Messi.
Argentina already played in Salvador and Belo Horizonte, two of the most criticized pitches of the tournament.
Before Sergio Aguero scored Argentina's second place against Qatar to effectively put the team in the knock-on stage of Copa America, Messi lost a clear chance just meters from goal after the ball got an unexpected bounce.
Many other players were struggling with an uneven surface with bald spots at Arena do Gremio.
After Uruguay and Japan signed 2-2 in the Mineirao stadium, striker Luis Suarez said it was no excuse for a disappointing performance "but the pitches of the stadiums are not in good shape. We have also seen the Maracana (on TV), it was very bad, but we have to adapt to these situations. "
Bolivian players said they had problems with the Maracana after the 3-1 defeat against Peru.
The organizers of Copa America have been asked by The Associated Press to comment. Top managers of the organizing committee will hold a press conference on Tuesday after the group stage of the tournament ends later on Monday with two Group C games.
Arena do Gremio managers blamed the bumpy field at unexpectedly high temperatures in Porto Alegre, days after the winter began in the southern hemisphere. They also said that regular use of the field between June 14 and 23, including training sessions and three Copa America games, delayed the recovery.
The pitch at Fonte Nova Stadium was criticized by coaches, including Rafael Dudamel from Venezuela, Lionel Scaloni from Argentina and Carlos Queiroz from Colombia. The Brazilian coach Tite declined to comment when Brazil signed 0-0 against Venezuela. But after Saturday's 5-0 win against Peru, Tite had nothing but praise for Sao Paulo & # 39; s Arena Corinthians.
"With a field like this here, with this quality, the match flows and you can give great passes," Tite said. He also extended his praise to the Morumbi stadium, where Brazil defeated 3-0 in the opening match of the tournament. "A good pitch makes it all easier," he added.
Two months before Copa America started, the field of Arena Corinthians had a fungal infection that had been resolved. Stadium staff blamed a monster truck race in December.