Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BALLON Poor!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BALLON Poor!

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FOOTBALL League officials want to meet with City to discuss Pep Guardiola's criticism of the matchball used in the Carabao Cup.

As Blues midfielder Yaya Toure joined the debate - saying the Mitre ball would not pass muster in the Ivory Coast - the EFL put out a statement defending it.

They said: "The Mitre ball used in this season's Carabao Cup is of exactly the same technical specification as the balls used in the Sky Bet EFL and Checkatrade Trophy.

"All of which are tested in accordance with the Fifa quality programme for footballs and meet the Fifa quality pro standard.

"All balls used in the professional game are required to meet this standard.

"Clearly, preference is a subjective matter, but overall the entertainment provided across (the) round four ties would suggest that the ball used is not having a negative impact in the competition. …

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