Galatasaray intentionally ruined pitch, Italian press reports

Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport has published pictures it claims prove that Galatasaray groundsman damaged the pitch before the Juventus clash.

Juventus are still reeling from their Champions League exit after a 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray that had to be restarted after a snow storm.

The game was completed at the second time of asking but the pitch at the Turk Telekom Arena was still in a poor state.

The sole goal of the game came from Wesley Sneijder in the dying minutes and sentenced Juventus to the Europa League.

After the final whistle both Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini said that the game shouldn't have gone ahead.

But Tuttosport believes there was a more sinister spin to the whole thing and that the pitch was intentionally damaged by Galatasaray staff.

The paper has printed pictures of the pitch being cleared of snow with all the work being done on the half Juventus would be attacking.

Tuttosport insists that while the snow was being cleared, groundsmen used rakes to dig up the pitch on that side, leaving the other half in much better condition.

There were similar accusations levelled by Romanian side CFR Cluj last year after their Champions League encounter was played on a waterlogged pitch.

Nonetheless, Juventus will have to prepare for Europa League football and attempt to reach the final which will be held on their home ground.

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