Who is the busy so-and-so who decided this then?
The Premier League have introduced a ban on elaborate pitch patterns with immediate effect – meaning no more impressively decorated playing surfaces.
Leicester’s ground staff have delighted fans with artistic pitch patterns at the King Power since the start of their historic 2015/16 season but will now have to revert back to boring straight lines across the width of the pitch.
An official statement read: “Pitch patterns and designs will no longer be allowed in the Premier League in 2017/18.
“Rules state that the playing surface must contain no markings other than the traditional horizontal and white lines.”
The Premier League implemented the rule change after consultation with UEFA.
The thinking is that simple horizontal lines make it easier for assistant referees to make calls on offsides and that artistic patterns can be distracting and deceiving to officials.
From a fans’ point of view, the ruling is an unwelcome one.
Southampton unveiled some eye-catching pitches towards the end of last season to the approval of season-ticket holders.
But now the Saints and Leicester’s groundsmen will have to exhibit their creativity elsewhere.
The pitch designs at the King Power in particular were universally appreciated and became a signature of the Foxes’ fairytale campaign.
The beautiful game juts got that little bit less beautiful.
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