Vanishing spray to be used in Serie A next season

Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo sprays a temporary line during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran on June 25, 2014
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Vanishing spray used by referees to stop opposition players encroaching during free kicks will be used in Italy's Serie A next season.

Italian football chiefs have confirmed that Serie A will adopt the vanishing spray that was on show at this summer's World Cup.

The foam substance, which leaves a mark for 30 seconds before disappearing, is used at free kicks to stop opposition players encroaching the 10-yard distance.

Maurizio Beretta, the president of Lega Serie A, announced that the spray will be used by Italian referees from the start of the forthcoming season in the top two divisions.

A report in the The Mirror claims that Spain's La Liga could also follow the lead by introducing the spray next season, but there are no plans for it to be trialled in the Premier League.

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