Vanishing spray to be used at the World Cup
Sepp Blatter has announced that referees will use the recently-trialled vanishing spray to prevent the encroachment of defensive walls at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
The spray was used in this year’s FIFA Club World Cup after being successfully trialled at the Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups earlier this year.
Referees use the spray to mark the spot where the foul was committed before pacing out ten yards (just over nine meters) and marking a line where the defensive wall should be. Within a minute, the line vanishes.
On Thursday, the FIFA president said that innovation was very well received at recent trials.
“I think it's a very good solution, some say it takes too much time and I was also quite sceptical at the beginning but... all the referees who have used the system were pleased with it.”
“The representative of Bayern Munich said that here they can take free-kicks with the wall nine metres away, while at home it's only five. It's a novelty....we will start using it in the World Cup in Brazil next year,” said Blatter.