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Dortmund demand German Cup minnows switch pitch

Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund want their German Cup quarter-final at minnows Sportfreunde Lotte played at an alternative stadium after snow forced Tuesday’s game to be postponed just an hour before kick-off.

The rescheduled match will be on March 14 but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is worried the pitch could again prove dangerously unplayable, presenting his side with a potential fixture headache.

The German Football Association (DFB) has advised third-division Lotte to find another stadium because of the poor state of the pitch at their modest 10,000-capacity ground, according to media reports.

“You have to think whether or not it could all happen again here,” said Watzke of the saturated playing surface.

“It can all go wrong again in two weeks and at some point we will have other games to play.”

Dortmund face a busy few weeks with the cup tie now coming three days before and after a German league game.

Watzke said the referee took the correct decision to postpone Tuesday’s game.

“It wasn’t possible, the pitch had no grip. It would have been dangerous to play on it,” he said.

Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc agreed.

“You couldn’t stand on the pitch, you slipped, there was the risk of injury and the risk of colliding with an opponent because you couldn’t stop,” he said.

The draw for the cup semi-finals will be made on Wednesday, after holders Bayern Munich host Schalke, when “Dortmund or Lotte” will go into the pot.

Lotte will be hoping to claim another top-tier scalp having already beaten Bundesliga clubs Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen in previous rounds.

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  1. Klyde

    March 2, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    The multimillionaires can’t play on anything but a perfect pitch!

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