Highlands & Islands

Eriskay's bumpy football pitch wows Fifa

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Media captionFifa designates a pitch on the Isle of Eriskay as one of eight remarkable places to play football in the world

A football pitch on the Western Isles has been recognised by Fifa as one of eight unique places to play the game in the world.

A match played on the field in Eriskay has been filmed for screening in the football governing body's new museum in Zurich in Switzerland.

The Fifa World Football Museum is due to be opened to the public next year.

Eriskay is renowned for a shipwreck that inspired the book and film Whisky Galore.

Fifa has not disclosed the locations of the other seven pitches.

Martin Macaulay, manager of Eriskay FC, told BBC Alba the playing surface of his team's ground was "well bumpy. It's just all over the place".

He added: "One time we had five corners, now we are down to four corners."

"It is unique with its views of Eriskay. It is a nice place."

Image caption A match played at Eriskay has been filmed for screening in Fifa's new museum
Image caption The surface of the pitch has been described as "bumpy"
Image caption The pitch has a sea view

Eriskay's other claim to fame centres on the SS Politician, which ran aground off the island on 5 February 1941.

Its cargo included more than 250,000 bottles of whisky.

Author Compton MacKenzie used the grounding of the ship as the basis of his book Whisky Galore in 1947, and an Ealing comedy followed in 1949.

A Fifa spokesperson said: "The Fifa World Football Museum will showcase the worldwide passion for football. As such, the museum is currently shooting scenes of football on all continents, weathers, landscapes.

"Scotland is but one of the locations chosen by the museum.

Understandably, and in order to preserve the surprise effect for its future visitors, the museum does not wish to reveal more information regarding its collection plans."

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