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World Cup players complain of green stains on kits amid reports that Qatar pitches have been PAINTED

World Cup players complain of strange green stains on kits amid reports that fields in Qatar have been PAINTED to cover rough spots – but FIFA denies the claims, saying the method is only used for warm-up areas

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FIFA has denied claims that groundkeepers at the World Cup painted the grass green to cover unevenness in the turf.

Questions arose after a number of World Cup stars – including some from the England squad – noticed strange green stains on their kits after matches.

Although FIFA has refuted the suggestions, there are still those who believe that the tournament organizers have taken the ‘Augusta approach’ to the World Cup.

Luke Shaw Was Covered In Green Spots During England'S Victory Over Senegal

Jordan Pickford Appeared To Have Some Markings On The Side Of His Gear

Jordan Pickford Appeared To Have Some Markings On The Side Of His Gear

England’s Luke Shaw (L) and Jordan Pickford both had green spots on their kit against Senegal

Fifa Has Denied Claims That Fields In Qatar Are Covered In Green Paint

Fifa Has Denied Claims That Fields In Qatar Are Covered In Green Paint

FIFA has denied claims that fields in Qatar are covered in green paint

As reported by Sportsmail, a number of players noticed stains on their equipment at the end of the game, leading to the suggestion that paint had been used on the pitches.

This is similar to what is done at the Augusta National Golf Club – one of the most iconic Masters golf tournaments.

Georgia golf club greenkeepers have been known to paint over bar areas on the turf to hide any imperfections.

There were suggestions that this had happened during the competition in Qatar, but FIFA has rejected the claims.

Instead, the organization confirmed that the warm-up areas at the World Cup stadiums are marked with green paint.

Harry Kane Was Clearly Covered In Green Markings As He Rode Off In Celebration

Harry Kane Was Clearly Covered In Green Markings As He Rode Off In Celebration

Harry Kane was clearly covered in green markings as he rode off in celebration

Luke Shaw'S Kit Almost Matched The Color Of Senegal'S With The Green Spots On His Top

Luke Shaw'S Kit Almost Matched The Color Of Senegal'S With The Green Spots On His Top

Luke Shaw’s kit almost matched the color of Senegal’s with the green spots on his top

The green markings on the kits became particularly apparent during England’s round of 16 clash with Senegal.

A number of Three Lions players – including Luke Shaw, Harry Kane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – were seen with large green markings across their crests.

However, this was not enough to prevent Gareth Southgate’s side taking a 3-0 victory over the 2022 AFCON champions and booking their place in the next round.

The Three Lions will face reigning champions France in their quarter-final tie next Saturday.

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