The PFA Scotland have called for artificial pitches to be outlawed in the Scottish game. The players’ union believes that the surfaces are hindering the game in Scotland, particularly when it comes to injuries.

The chairman of the PFA, Liam Craig, told BBC Sport that removing the surfaces “will have a positive impact on our game in Scotland”.

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PFA Scotland have also launched a petition that demands a ratings system for each pitch in Scotland.

There has been rumblings of discontent over artificial surfaces since the beginning of this season.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard called for them to be banned after Jamie Murphy suffered a series injury playing at Rugby Park.

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Where this leaves the likes of Kilmarnock, Livingston and Hamilton remains to be seen. Those three clubs will want to keep their artificial pitches.

It not only saves them money but in the case of Killie and Livingston has improved their results.

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There will have to be a solution to this problem found sooner rather than later. It seems that the players are determined to get the pitches banned.

The SFA could well have to intervene in the matter. They might not want to but it might be the only way to come to some kind of solution. No doubt this drama will continue on for a while yet.

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