Sunderland begin inquiry into postponement

Sunderland are set to meet with their pitch consultants, after the last minute cancellation of their home fixture with Reading.

The only Premier League game which didn’t go ahead, once again raised questions about the quality of the pitch at Wearside, which both managers and players criticised during the 2011/2012 season.

Both managers agreed with the decision to call the game off, but Brian McDermott did claim had the down pour happened at the Madejski Stadium there would have been no postponement.

Margaret Byrne, Sunderland’s chief executive discussed the situation with The Independent, “The club has invested a significant sum into pitchworks over the summer months.

“We are confident that it is in first-class condition. We will however meet with our pitch consultants immediately to carry out a full analysis of the events.”

A potential factor in Sunderland’s inability to deal with the rain on the pitch is the numerous musical concerts that are held in the Stadium of Light. This summer the stadium was played by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bruce Springstein and Coldplay. These giant gigs meant the pitch was only re-laid last month.