Referees in Premier League matches next season will use the vanishing spray that came to prominence in the recent World Cup in Brazil, it was announced yesterday.
The ‘magic spray’ will be used at free-kicks to mark out where the wall should stand 10 yards away from the ball and has been shown to prevent encroachment and speed up play.
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 benefited referees, players, and all of those who watched matches.”
Premier League referees’ boss Mike Riley was an assessor at the World Cup and recommended it be adopted by the Premier League.
He said: “I saw first-hand the benefits of vanishing spray for referees, and for the game as a whole. Referees are looking forward to using it.”
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