Wembley head groundsman Steve Welch paid the price for the shocking state of the £757million national stadium's controversial pitch.
While workmen yesterday began installing the seventh playing surface since the new Wembley was opened two years ago, Welch became the fall guy for a pitch that has become a laughing stock in world football.
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