Vanishing spray paint used at World Cup to be used at all UEFA matches

Friday August 8th, 2014

The vanishing spray paint used at the World Cup to mark free kicks and distance for defensive walls will be used at all UEFA matches, UEFA announced on Friday.

UEFA tested the vanishing spray paint at the 2014 European Under-17 Championship in May and deemed it successful. The first senior-level UEFA event to use the spray will be the Super Cup next week.

UEFA president Michel Platini said the positive results from the World Cup led the organization to adopt the paint.

"As we all saw at the World Cup, this spray was very useful in helping the referee in free-kick situations, and I am sure we will see similar results in our matches this season."

The Premier League announced last month it would also begin using the vanishing spray paint this coming season. The spray disappears after 60 seconds and prevents players from moving within 10 yards of the ball during free kicks.

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- Paul Palladino

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