We Need 3G Accepted In The EFL, Say Sutton

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Sutton United manager Paul Doswell has repeated his call for 3G pitches to be accepted in the Football League.

As it currently stands, should the south west London club, Bromley or Kent’s Maidstone United earn promotion from the Vanarama National League they would have a big decision to make.

They must either replaced their 3G pitches and re-install grass in its place, or reject promotion.

League chiefs hope the EFL will soon accept the artificial pitches but there is currently a stalemate – and that’s frustration for Doswell.

He said: “We need to beat the drum on this subject and we’re getting closer to the reality of a club playing on 3G having a chance to win promotion.

“There needs to be a big push to make this happen and it’s vital for football and many clubs in the National League divisions now play on this surface.

“We need to see more movement on it. I think it’s vitally important and the world is waking up to the benefits on it.

“Sutton as a club have gone from strength to strength. Same as Maidstone United. Bromley will soon understand what a good decision it was to play on 3G.”

Doswell, who saw his side beaten by Hemel Hempstead in a friendly on Saturday, says accepting the pitches should be a ‘no brainer’.

“Look at some clubs in League Two and the bogs they play on,” he said. “You can’t tell me you can play World Cup games on it and not matches in the fourth tier of English football.”

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