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England players complain about 'strange stains' on kits at World Cup

Dominic Smithers

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England players complain about 'strange stains' on kits at World Cup

England players have reportedly complained about strange green stains on their kits.

The Three Lions qualified for the quarter finals last night (4 December) after putting three goals past Senegal.

And while it's expected that players will get pretty dirty during a game, sliding around on a muddy pitch for 90 minutes, players at the World Cup have been spotted with green markings on their shirts and shorts.

Some have claimed that organisers in Qatar have been using something called the 'Augusta approach', which is a practice of painting patches of the pitch.

The idea is to cover up some of the dry, brown areas, which don't look particularly appealing on television.

It's been used in the past by Augusta National Golf Club, where the iconic Masters tournament is held.

England players have noticed strange green marks on their kits. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy
England players have noticed strange green marks on their kits. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy

However, FIFA has since come out and denied the allegations, though admitted that warm-up areas are marked out with green paint.

A spokesperson for FIFA told LADbible: "Absolutely no green dye or spray has been used on the pitches.

"The only place where green paint has been used is on the sideline in order to clearly distinguish the warm-up area from the rest of the pitch. "

LADbible has contacted the English FA for a comment.

If England bring it home, they stand to make an absolute fortune.

Ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves, especially considering our recent performances in major tournaments, but you've got to believe, right?

And while the glory of being world champions will no doubt be enough to drive Harry et al on, the financial rewards aren't bad either.

According to reports, the squad is in line to make around £500,000 if they are victorious.

The FA is understood to have put aside a colossal £13 million for the squad, should they bring it home.

All in, this represents a pretty sharp increase on the £215,000 they would have received if they'd won the World Cup in Russia back in 2018.

England stand to make a fortune if they win the World Cup. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy
England stand to make a fortune if they win the World Cup. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy

And Gaz isn't left out of the financial windfall either, with the manager said to receive a £3m bonus as well, on top of his £6m a year contract.

Last summer, the England Women's team were awarded £55,000 each while their coach Sarina Wiegman received a £200,000 bonus after they won the European Championship.

The FA refused to comment on the claims.

One man who is looking forward to England doing well in the tournament is heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury.

The 34-year-old said last week that he planned on heading out to Qatar to cheer on his country in the quarter final and has vowed to defy the booze ban by bringing alcohol into the stadium.

He said he'll get 'messy again' in Qatar for a potential quarter final clash against France or Poland, saying the alcohol ban at Qatar's eight World Cup stadiums was 'no bother' for him.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I’m 100 percent going to get messy with the fans. I’m known for that."

Featured Image Credit: Sipa US/Alamy

Topics: World Cup, Sport, Football, Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate

Dominic Smithers
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