Manchester City have been scoring goals for fun this season but they were unable to find the back of the net against Wolves in the Carabao Cup for 120 minutes as they needed penalties to advance to the next round.

Speaking after the game, City boss Pep Guardiola blamed the ball for his side’s struggles, saying it was too light to play with.

He said:

It is not acceptable, the ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition. It is too light, there is no weight, nothing. It is not a good ball. It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I’m not making excuses. All of my players said, ‘what is that?’ I’m sorry, Carabao Cup, but that is not a serious ball for a serious competition.

Whether that excuse i genuine or not, it is rather funny and it got us thinking about some other amazing excuses that have been used be athletes and coaches in order to justify their losses or bans.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

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