People who pay to play soccer on a high school field in Gloucester say they're upset that the grass is too long because it hasn't been cut.

"It's ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous," said criminal defence lawyer and soccer player Paolo Giancaterino. "Look how long it is; it's a foot long in some places. It's a safety issue."

He said he contacted the city and was told that cutting the grass at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School is the school board's responsibility.

"I notified my soccer club and they said, 'Yeah, we'll take care of it, we'll take care of it.' Nothing done. They painted over the lines," Giancaterino said.

"We pay $320 a year, a summer, to play on this. Each. … So you can guess how mad we are that we have to play [on this grass] not once, but twice. They had five days in a row to fix this. You can tell I'm mad, because this is ridiculous."

'It just wrecks the game'

Joey McGuire, another soccer player, agreed.

"It's nearly double the length of a normal field. … You can't move the ball, it just wrecks the game. Awful. You can't play on the ground, you can't pass, it's just no fun at all for anybody," he said.

"This has been left uncut for at least two weeks. … It should be three inches shorter at least."

The city's manager of operations, Steve Kanellakos, initially looked into the complaint.

Kanellakos said the Ottawa Catholic school Board is responsible for cutting the grass.

A spokesperson for the school board said a private contractor is supposed to do the work and that the grass would be cut by Tuesday night.