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EFL respond to Pep Guardiola and Yaya Touré’s complaints about ‘rubbish’ Carabao Cup ball

Pep Guardiola wasn’t happy with the quality of the Carabao Cup official match ball last night after City edged out Wolves to advance to the fifth round of the competition.

“It is not acceptable, the ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition,” Guardiola said after the game.

“It is too light, it moves all over the place, it is not a good ball.”

“It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I’m not making excuses.”

On social media, some saw that as Guardiola trying to excuse a fairly disappointing performance by his much-changed City side, but Yaya Touré has backed up his boss with some strong words on the match ball.

“I don’t like it to be honest,” the midfielder 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 rubbish, but that’s fine.

“The 2010 World Cup one was better than that one. A lot of players were complaining.”

The EFL has offered an official statement to Guardiola’s original complaint, defending the quality of the match ball.

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