Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has also criticised the Carabao Cup match ball, describing it as rubbish, just as the EFL have hit back at Pep Guardiola for his criticisms of the ball.
Guardiola, after his side’s surprising hard fought win over Wolves in the Carabao Cup competition said that the ball shouldn’t be used for serious competitions.
However, the EFL insisted that the ball meets all the laid down requirements and also disclosed their desire to have a chat with Guardiola before the next round of the competition.
The EFL Cup 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 Tuesday night’s Round Four ties would suggest that the ball used is not having a negative impact in 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.’
Guardiola had remarked on the Carabao cup match ball: ‘The ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition.
‘It is too light. It moves all over the place. It is not a good ball. It’s impossible to score with a ball like that, and I can say that because we won.
‘I’m not making excuses. All of my players said: ‘What is that?’.
‘I’m sorry, Carabao Cup, it is not a serious ball for a serious competition. It’s marketing, money, OK. But it’s not acceptable. No weight, nothing.
‘One day or two days, but the ball is bad for one year or two years. All the players complain.’
The City players had trained with the Mitre ball on Monday and Toure also provided confirmation on their thoughts that the ball is too light in comparison to the Nike version which is being used in the Premier League.
He also asserted that the Carabao Cup match ball wouldn’t even be used for games in Ivory Coast.
‘I don’t like it, to be honest,’ he said. ‘They can do better than that. It’s too light. Even in my country they can’t use those kind of balls. I think they have to be better than that because the ball was too soft.
‘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.’
When asked if the ball was worse than the Adidas jabulani that was used for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he said:
‘The World Cup one was better than that one.
‘A lot of players were complaining. We just want to enjoy it. It’s difficult to play with these kind of balls, but we try to find a way.’