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   Monday, 13 January, 2003, 12:00 GMT
Kicking up a fuss

Chelsea's pitch has very little grass on it
The pitch at Stamford Bridge is in a poor state and has been getting worse all season

Chelsea's game against Charlton still went ahead on Saturday despite the poor condition of the pitch
Chelsea's weekend fixture saw the conditions reach a new low, ahead of the pitch being relaid this week

Chelsea groundstaff inspect the pitch
The match against Charlton went ahead after groundstaff gave the pitch the once over

Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini dives to try to stop Charlton scoring
Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini gets dirtier than usual due to the bad playing conditions

Chelsea and Charlton players in action on the muddy Stamford Bridge pitch
Being used to the poor conditions Chelsea take an even greater home advantage against Charlton, winning 4-1

An empty Stamford Bridge shows just how bad the pitch has become, having very little grass left on it at all
Another match worsened the condition and this week's relaying of the pitch cannot happen soon enough

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