Four Nations 2016: Anfield to have pitch shortened for final over safety fears
|Four Nations 2016 Final - Australia v New Zealand|
|Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday, 20 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT|
|Coverage: Live on BBC One, Connected TV, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online; Post-match forum on BBC Red Button from 16:40 GMT|
Sunday's Four Nations final between Australia and New Zealand will be played on a shortened pitch at Anfield because of safety concerns.
The pitch will be nine metres shorter than the required 100-metre length.
"It's not going to make it any less a spectacle," said Australia coach Mal Meninga.
Australia's Brett Morris collided heavily with an end-of-field advertising hoarding during the 2013 World Cup final at Old Trafford.
Earlier in that tournament, fellow Kangaroo Luke Lewis suffered a dislocated shoulder when his momentum took him into a hoarding at St Helens' Langtree Park ground.
The Anfield pitch will now have a five metre in-goal area and a further three-metre gap between the dead ball line and the perimeter fence.
"There's been concerns expressed before the tournament," tournament director Jon Dutton told the Sydney Morning Herald. "We're spending a bit of money to make sure health and safety isn't compromised.
"We've got some matting and and padding and we've also taken out the LED displays behind the goals."