FA sign three-year deal to use Mitre balls

FA sign three-year deal to use Mitre balls
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Mitre has signed a three-year partnership with the Football Association to become official football supplier across all its competitions.

The British football brand's balls will be used in the FA's competitions from the start of the 2018-19 season, kicking off with Sunday's Community Shield clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Mitre Delta Max balls will also be used in men's and women's FA Cup, Women's Super League, Women's Championship, FA Trophy and FA Vase.

Mark Bullingham, the FA Group commercial and marketing director, said: "We look forward to unveiling the first new ball at the Community Shield and to working closely with Mitre to ensure our partnership reaches its full potential."

City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping for an improved Mitre ball, having labelled them "unacceptable" after edging past Wolves in the Carabao Cup last season.

The City boss suggested the Mitre Delta was "not a serious ball for a professional game", leading the English Football League to release a statement defending it and adding it would speak to Guardiola about his complaints.

"They (the governing bodies) never ask the players and managers about anything in football today," the City boss said later that week.

"They decide the competition, which ball we're going to play with, the time, the schedule, they say go right, (we) go right, go left, (we) go left, (play with) that ball, (we play) that ball. Especially the players should be consulted."

- PA


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