Levein keen to ditch Jabulani

Levein plans changing ball ahead of crucial game against Spain

Levein: Jabulani out

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Scotland manager Craig Levein is hoping to ditch the controversial Jabulani ball.

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Levein is eager to avoid using the much-criticised ball when his side face Spain in their crucial Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park next month.

The Scots laboured to a 2-1 qualifying win against Liechtenstein with the adidas ball and needed a Stephen McManus header in the seventh minute of added time to claim the three points.

The ball was also criticised during the World Cup finals as even the best of nations struggled to do the basics.

The SFA have a contract with adidas, but Levein is hoping the sports equipment company will allow him to use another ball when the World champions come to town on 12th October.

Complaining

"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."