Aug 01, 2014

    Premier League adopts vanishing spray


    THE Premier League announced on Wednesday that referees in the English top flight will use vanishing spray to police free kicks from the start of the 2014-15 season.

    The biodegradable foam, which dissolves within a minute, is sprayed on the ground by referees to mark where free kicks should be taken from, and the 10-yard (9.15m) distance that the opposition's defensive wall must observe.

    It was judged a success after being pioneered at the recent World Cup in Brazil and has since been adopted by European football's governing body Uefa for the Champions League and Europa League.

    "It was clear from watching the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil that the vanishing spray benefited referees, players and all who watched the matches," said Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

    The league's adoption of the spray follows its decision to introduce goal-line technology prior to the start of last season.

    The first EPL fixture to feature the spray will be Manchester United's home game with Swansea City on Aug 16.