Soccer Aid viewers pick up on problem ahead of kick off saying it's 'so bad'

-Credit: (Image: ITV)
-Credit: (Image: ITV)


Viewers tuning into tonight's Soccer Aid match were quick to pick up on a problem with the pitch ahead of kick off.

The annual charity football match, which sees two teams of celebrities and professional players go head to head, returns tonight, with kick off set for 7.30pm.

But as ITV coverage got underway this evening viewers were quick to notice that the pitch at Chelsea's ground Stamford Bridge looked a bit worse for wear with several large brown patches visible.

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Dermot O'Leary and Alex Scott headed on to the pitch to present the build up to the game, chatting to pundits including Vicky McClure and Jason Manford. But the state of the ground proved to be a distraction for some viewers, with many taking to social media to comment.

"State of the pitch at Stamford Bridge, surely they could have played somewhere better," one viewer commented. "Pitch so bad it looks like Beach Footy!!" another said.

A third pointed out that there's been some heavy rain recently, but that doesn't seem to have helped the ground. "It's done now't but piss down for weeks. And, yet Chelsea's pitch looks like the Sahara!" they said.

A fourth wrote: "The Chelsea pitch is looking a bit thread bare," while a fifth said: "The pitch looks awful! It’s 5 per cent grass and 95 per cent mud." Another added: "Is it me or does the pitch at Stamford Bridge look like a sand pit?!"

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner Sam Thompson and Strictly Come Dancing's Bobby Brazier are among the celebrities playing for England in Soccer Aid for the first time this year, while former England footballer Jill Scott, TV presenter Paddy McGuinness, Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett and Olympian Sir Mo Farah have all returned to the England line-up.

The World XI FC team includes Olympic runner Usain Bolt, comedian Maisie Adam, radio presenter Roman Kemp, comedian Lee Mack and Love Island star Tommy Fury.