The sad death of a young goalkeeper from cancer was in the national press this week. The connection was being made with diving on artificial surfaces and material from the pitch getting into his system via cuts and scrapes. I've got a friend whose leg ballooned up following an injury on an artificial pitch just last weekend and he was put on antibiotics while his leg recovered. Is there an issue out there? Is pitch technology, so good that it now is, ahead of the research on the bigger picture? Artificial pitches are an excellent addition to communities up and down the country and are here to stay but we do not want to be storing up horror stories for the future just because of a lack of medical research now.