Adidas kicks back at ball criticism

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Adidas’ new balls have been taking quite a beating.

The balls that will be used at the World Cup have come under mounting criticism. Goalkeepers such as Spain’s Iker Casillas and Brazil’s Julio Cesar have come down hard on them.

Cesar called the balls “terrible” and compared them cheap ones bought in a supermarket while Casillas said the balls were in “appalling condition.”

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano described the ball as “weird” and suddenly changing trajectory and Italy’s Giampaolo Pazzini said it was “a disaster.”

Adidas has apparently heard enough and kicked back Monday.

A company spokesman said he was surprised to hear the criticism.

“We started using it in December in a wide variety of leagues,” Thomas van Schaik told a news service. “All the response we have had has been positive.

“On top of that, we have distributed it to all the finalists so that they have been able to get used to the ball. Apparently they have not taken advantage of that if we are only hearing this criticism now.”

A new ball is developed for every World Cup and rarely does the ball escape criticism.


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