A ridiculously close vote has ended out of favour of artificial pitches being used at League One and Two clubs, after several complaints about the quality of pitches had been forwarded to the Football League.
In September, the majority of chairmen from clubs in Leagues One and Two clearly stated that they would vote for 3G pitches to be the surface in which their sides would play from the 2015/16 season.
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However, surprisingly the vote has taken a dramatic twist as it was tied when the results were revealed on Thursday by the Football League. 34 chairmen had voted in favour of artificial pitches while another 34 voted against it, leaving four chairmen to abstain from participating in the poll.
So, what are the advantages to playing on a 3G surface? Well, they can be used in all weathers, so the constant postponements and abandoning of games at the Football League level would be brought to a halt. Also, these third generation surfaces can be adapted to host a variation of sports, however they will cost each club a hefty £500,000 to install.
Due to the constant rise of injuries, artificial pitches were outlawed from professional football just under twenty years ago.
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Chief executive of the Football League, Shaun Harvey, was speaking to the BBC on Thursday where he explained: "We can see that there is a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking a significant step."
Also voting against the vote was the PFA, and a spokesperson told the BBC after the announcement of results on Thursday that he was "surprised but happy" with the outcome, after so many clubs stated that they would vote in favour of the poll.
While it may be a few years before we see 3G pitches in Leagues One and Two, we will probably never see them at a higher level. Don't be expecting to see Chelsea playing on an artificial pitch come 2018.
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