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The balls used in Sunday’s Super Bowl will reportedly by given extra security in the wake of the Deflate-gate scandal that has dogged the port recently, according to the BBC.
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Trophy hopefuls, the New England Patriots were found to be using under inflated balls during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts recently, and referee Dean Blandino has confirmed that 108 balls will be used during Sunday’s showpiece finale in Arizona.
Each team will be given 12 balls to be inspected by the officials before kick off, but they will be given extra security.
“There will be some added security just because of the environment we’re in for this game,” said Blandino.
All of the balls will be collected by officials once the two sides have trained with them on Friday for inspection by referee Bill Vinkovich some three hours before the game.
“Everything was properly tested and marked before the game,” added Blandino. “Walt gauged the footballs himself. It is something he has done throughout his career.”