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Wigan take action and relay pitch

Wigan have confirmed that the pitch at the DW Stadium will be dug up and relaid at the end of the month. Latics manager Roberto Martinez recently admitted the pitch was becoming a problem and the club have opted to take decisive action.

A club spokesman told BBC Sport: "The pitch will be relayed over the coming weeks. We're dealing with the problem."

Head groundsman Ian Forshaw and his staff will start work immediately after the Wigan Warriors' Super League game against Catalans Dragons on 26 February, making good use of football's international break.

Work will be carried out through the night in an effort to have the pitch ready for the next fixture at the stadium, when Liverpool visit on 8 March.

Wigan Warriors played home games on consecutive Fridays - 5 and 12 Feb - leading up to the game against Spurs.

But the club spokesman was keen to play down any problems of sharing with a rugby side or of any rift between the two outfits.

"It's got absolutely nothing to do with the rugby league club," he added. "That's completely irrelevant.

"The relationship we have with Wigan Warriors is fine. We've been at this stadium for 11 years so it's hardly a new problem."

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