Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson criticises the state of Estádio do Maracanã pitch
Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson is unimpressed with the Estádio do Maracanã pitch.
The 30 year-old started as Fogão were held to a 2-2 draw by Vasco da Gama in the stadium on Sunday.
Botafogo raced into a two goal lead, with Dankler and Nicolás Lodeiro both netting inside seven minutes. Vasco responded with two quick-fire goals of their own from Jomar and Pedro Ken in the second half to secure a point.
While frustrated with the result, it was the state of the Maracanã pitch that most irked Jefferson.
“We can’t play on a pitch like that,” the Botafogo captain was reported as saying by Xinhua. “It was especially bad in the six yard box. The people who look after the pitch need to review what they are doing. The Maracanã deserves better.”
The Maracanã has been upgraded for the 2014 World Cup. It was reduced from two tiers to one and has a new fiberglass roof. The Rio de Janerio-based stadium holds 78,838.
The Maracanã is not the only World Cup stadium under scrutiny. Bleacher Report suggests Chelsea defender David Luiz was critical of the pitch at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha ahead of Brazil’s recent friendly with Australia - a 6-0 win.