Vanishing spray to be introduced in EPL this season

Wednesday 30th July , 2014 5:29 pm
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The Premier League has announced that vanishing spray will be introduced in all Premier League games this season.

The use of vanishing spray was one of the big talking points to emerge from the World Cup in Brazil this summer when it was used by referees to mark out a distance of 10 yards for defensive walls at free-kicks.

UEFA has already decided to adopt it for Champions League games this season and the Premier League has now followed suit.

The bright white foam, which remains in view for around one minute before evaporating, was invented by Brazilian Heine Allegmagne.

Allegmagne worked with a company to concoct the spray from vegetable oil derivatives and it was used for the first time in a competitive match in Belo Horizonte as far back as 2000.

He has now obtained the international patent for the firm, with the spray already widely used for matches in Brazil and Argentina.

The spray costs around £3 per can, with FIFA taking 320 of these for the World Cup in Brazil.

Allegmagne said: “The Eureka moment came when I was listening to the radio and the commentator was talking about the wall not staying back. It came to me I could do something.

“I wanted to solve a technical problem that had been plaguing football for more than a century. The big historic moment came in 2000 when the spray was first used here in Belo Horizonte.”

Source: Sky Sports