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Vanishing spray set for English debut

ESPN staff
August 7, 2014
Vanishing spray was a huge success at the World Cup © Getty Images

Vanishing spray will be used for the first time in English football at the FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

The spray is used by referees to mark out a line for the wall to stand at free-kicks, 10 yards away from the ball, and disappears after a couple of minutes.

It will also be used in the Premier League for the new season after its success at the World Cup.

"It is great that vanishing spray will be used for the first time in England in this Sunday's FA Community Shield fixture at Wembley Stadium," FA general secretary Alex Horne said.

The Daily Mail reports that 2,000 cans of the spray have been ordered for use in the Premier League.

"Vanishing spray was a great innovation at the 2014 World Cup, having been trialled in South America, and the FA were instrumental in allowing this into the laws of the game in 2012 through our role in the International FA Board," Horne said.

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