Premier League to finance football pitch in Ypres

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The Premier League is to build an all-weather football pitch in Belgium as part of World War I Centenary commemorations.

The Daily Mirror reports that a high-tech ‘3G’ pitch will be opened in Ypres and will be the venue for an annual tournament marking the anniversary of the games played between British and German troops in 1914.

VC medal holder Johnson Beharry was in Ypres yesterday to witness football games between youngsters from Belgium, France, Germany and Great Britain and to lay a wreath at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial.

Beharry, who won his award for bravey in Iraq, said: ‘The youngsters involved were very much engaged in what was going on and discovering the history of the war. It means the message will be carried into future generations.’

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