Football League officials want to talk with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for criticising the matchball in the Carabao Cup win over Wolves.
The growing debate if the Mitre ball used in this season’s Carabao has made Guardiola says that the weight of the ball made it very difficult to score after City’s 0-0 draw with Wolves, then the blues won in a penalty shoot-out made by Yaya Toure.
The Blues midfielder Toure joined the debate claiming that the Mitre ball used during the game would not even pass muster in Ivory Coast.
“I don’t like it to be honest. They can do better than that. It’s too light.
“Even in my country, they can’t use those kinds of balls. I think they have to be better than that because the ball was too soft. It’s rubbish but that’s fine.
“The World Cup one (2010) was better than that one. A lot of players were complaining. The FA can try to do something because we just want to enjoy it.
“It’s difficult to play with this kind of balls but we try to find a way. It’s everything.
“Shooting – the ball is very light when you touch it, it’s floating, it’s rubbish. And in this weather it’s difficult.”
However, the EFL replied and claimed that the Mitre ball used in the season’s Carabao Cup has just the same technical specifications as the balls used in the Sky Bet EFT 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 on the competition.
“We will look to engage with Mr Guardiola and Manchester City to fully understand any concerns in advance of their round five tie.”