SWINDON Town have got their wish and artificial pitches will not be permitted in League One and League Two next season after a remarkable tied vote amongst member clubs.
All 72 teams in the Football League were allowed to have their say at a ballot in Derby today and an indicative vote in September had suggested that the notion would be approved.
However, 34 clubs said they would not support the reintroduction of 3G playing surfaces in the two bottom divisions of the pyramid, while 34 voted for the return of artificial turf and four abstained.
Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "This vote is reflective of the fact that this issue divides opinion amongst clubs as much as it does across the football public.
"While the outcome is different to previous indicative votes, it demonstrates that there is still a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking such a significant step."
Town voted against the proposals, with manager Mark Cooper telling Link Sport: "It shouldn’t be allowed, in my opinion. Football’s meant to be played on grass and always has been.
"No matter what you say and whatever surface you want to see, on an artificial the game is not the same. I hate it. I really, really despise 3G surfaces and don’t think the game should be played on it."