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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Premier League approves use of vanishing spray

The Premier League has confirmed that the vanishing spray that became a favourite amongst fans and referees at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil will be introduced for the upcoming season.

The vanishing spray - used by referees to mark out a distance of 10 yards for defensive walls at free-kicks in order to prevent encroachment and speed up play – gained a cult-status during the competition this summer.

UEFA has already announced it will adopt the system for Champions League and Europa League games.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that Vanishing Spray benefitted referees, players, and all of those who watched the matches.

“Having witnessed that, and following consultation with our clubs and the PGMOL, we have decided to introduce it in the Barclays Premier League and look forward to having it in place for the 2014/15 season.”

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