Exclusive: State of Hampden pitch after U2 gig forces cancellation of football match

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Craig Mcdonald, Daily Record

U2 have forced a football match to be called off tomorrow after leaving Hampden like a ploughed field.

The band's midweek gig at the national stadium left the pitch in such a bad state that Queen's Park had to call off the game with Albion Rovers yesterday.

There are now fears over Scotland's World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Holland, which are due to be played at Hampden in two weeks.

The pitch will be relaid before then but football insiders warned any new surface takes time to "bed down".

Queen's Park's game had been moved to Sunday to give their home ground's surface an extra 24 hours to recover from 60,000 U2 fans.

But a source said the concert and wet weather left the pitch "looking as if someone had ploughed it to plant turnips".

They added: "There are holes and tractor marks after Tuesday's concert. The pitch is in a horrific state."

Despite an offer to put sand on the worst areas, the referee had no option but to call off the game.

Queen's Park president Jim Hastie said: "The pitch is in a bit of a mess which is understandable given the upheaval of the concert.

Head coach Gardner Speirs said: "It is disappointing as this was a top of the table clash."

Rovers boss Paul Martin said: "There was little else the referee could do."

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