Sven wants dis­cus­sions on fu­ture de­sign

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

IVORY COAST coach Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son has called for dis­cus­sions on the ball to take place be­fore the next big tour­na­ment and be­lieves goal­keep­ers should be in­volved in any fu­ture talks.

The adi­das Jab­u­lani has come in for crit­i­cism from play­ers and goal­keep­ers alike af­ter a num­ber of high-pro­file er­rors in the early stages of the World Cup.

Eriks­son, whose team held Por- tu­gal to a goal­less draw in their Group G tus­sle last week, in­sists some­thing must be done but ad­mits it is too late for the cur­rent tour­na­ment.

“I can un­der­stand the goal­keep­ers are not happy with it at all, but it’s too late to do some­thing about that in this World Cup,” said the for­mer Eng­land man­ager.

“It’s a de­ci­sion for the au­thor­i­ties for the next big tour­na­ment, whether it’s in Africa or Europe or wher­ever it is.

“I think it should be dis­cussed and ev­ery­one should lis­ten to the top goal­keep­ers in the world be­cause I am sure this doesn’t do them any favours at all.

“Maybe we will see some goals, but dis­cus­sion be­tween man­agers, the com­pany who pro­duce the foot­ball and the foot­ball play­ers, that would be good.” – Evening Stan­dard

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