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Euro 2016 venue Toulouse bring in sunbeds

21 January 2016, 16:33

Toulouse - Toulouse's ropy pitch is to undergo sunbed therapy to ensure conditions underfoot are suitable to host Euro 2016 games in June, the Ligue 1 side said on Thursday.

The state of the grass at the city's ground has caused concern over the winter, with Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc the latest to criticise it last weekend.

A three-month session of light therapy will help to densify the turf and improve seed growth in time for the first of four European championship games at the Pink City's stadium which was built for the 1938 World Cup.

Also read: Euro 2016 team-by-team guide

"We are making efforts to be able to offer a satisfactory pitch for clubs and to prepare smoothly for Euro 2016," said Toulouse mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc.

He added that the operation should take "three months.

European champions Spain begin the defence of their title at Toulouse against the Czech Republic on June 13.

Italy, winners of the 1938 World Cup, take on Sweden four days later, followed by Russia against Wales on June 20, and then one round of 16 match will also be played there.

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