EFL defends Mitre ball after Pep Guardiola blast and wants Manchester City talks

• Guardiola described ball used in Carabao Cup as ‘unacceptable’
• Yaya Touré follows City manager’s lead and calls it ‘rubbish’

The EFL has defended the ball criticised by Pep Guardiola and called for talks with Manchester City’s manager to discuss the issue.

Guardiola branded the Mitre ball as “highly unacceptable” following City’s 4-1 penalty shootout win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium. He complained that it was “too light, it moves all over the place” and that it was “impossible to score with”.

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