27 Jul 2010

Melbourne Test venue could prompt legal action

11:55 am on 27 July 2010

There are continuing concerns about the playing surface in Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, venue for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup rugby Test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies.

The much-maligned, shifty playing surface was the subject of a crisis meeting on Monday night involving Aussie rules officials, who have warned of the possibility of legal action if a player suffers a serious injury there.

The AFL Players Association says if nothing's done to improve the slippery playing surface, they'll consider relocating games.

The AFL's football operations general manager Adrian Anderson said there was no evidence to suggest the roofed stadium was dangerous, but admitted the turf on the weekend was unacceptable.

Visiting (association) football teams have also been critical of the surface recently.