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Premier League considering vanishing spray

ESPN staff
July 8, 2014
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The Premier League are considering introducing the vanishing spray that has been used at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

The idea will be discussed by the 20 top-flight clubs at their the next shareholders' meeting, the league has told the Times.

The referees' vanishing spray has been one of the successes of the World Cup © Getty Images

However, with no meeting scheduled until at least next month, it is unlikely the spray - used to mark a line behind which a wall must remain for a free-kick - will be introduced in time for the start of the new season on August 16.

Premier League referee Howard Webb and his assistants, Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey, have all had first-hand experience of using the spray.

"It will assist us in getting the players back at a free-kick and, in turn, that gives the attacking team a better opportunity of creating something from that set-piece," Webb said in Brazil.

UEFA also told the Times they will make a decision after the World Cup on whether the spray will be used in the Champions League or Europa League next season.

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