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Scotland boss wants to ditch Jabulani ball

Scotland coach Craig Levein is to seek permission to switch from the controversial Jabulani ball when his team take on Spain next month, reports the Daily Mirror. Scotland laboured to a 2-1 Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Liechtenstein on Tuesday with the adidas ball, which was much criticised during the World Cup finals.

The Scottish Football Association have a contract with adidas, but Levein hopes the sports equipment company allows him to use another ball when the world champions visit Hampden on October 12.

"The players were complaining about the ball in training," Levein said.

"You might laugh and say this is an excuse but this isn't after the game, this is in training before the game.

"The ball has got a film on it, which means that it sticks. The players wanted the pitch watered to let the ball run across the pitch a bit better.

"We are under contract to adidas but I don't know if adidas have another ball we can use. I will ask the question and see what they say."

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