Report: Awful pitch in Manaus is being covered with green spray paint

Gordon Brunt

It looks as though organizers found a short-term solution and resorted to spray painting the unsightly pitch in Manaus just days before the stadium hosts England and Italy during their opening match of the World Cup.

No official announcement has been made as to what exactly is being sprayed on the pitch, but the first picture appears to show an improvement to the images released in the last couple days. If the spray paint allegations are true, this incident will represent yet another black-eye for Brazilian organizers.

Maybe they needed eight years instead of seven to prepare?

Here's the image that will force both teams to apply extra tape to their ankles: