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Saracens chief Edward Griffiths defends Wembley use


Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has hit out at claims that rugby is to blame for damage to the Wembley playing surface.

Outgoing Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore was reportedly opposed to staging rugby at the stadium because of its affect on the pitch

But Griffiths said: "I think it's a complete red herring.

"There is something in the mindset of football authorities that rugby seems to damage the pitch. It doesn't."

Saracens have hosted three matches at Wembley so far this season and are set to play their last home Guinness Premiership match of the season against Harlequins there in April.

Griffiths added: "The reality is that most footballers wear blades which cut up the grass far more than the studs worn by rugby players.

"I think you could argue very well that football damages a pitch more than rugby.

"Also the idea that Wembley, which is a billion pound stadium, is going to be used 10 times a year solely for football is ridiculous.

"In Paris the Stade de France hosts all France's rugby internationals, hosts all their big rugby finals, as well as France's big football internationals as well as all the football finals and they don't seem to have a problem."

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