Referees to use vanishing spray for free kicks at World Cup

Referee Sandro Ricci uses vanishing spray in the FIFA Club World Cup to mark off where the wall should stand on a free kick. The same spray will be used at this summer's World Cup.
Matthias Schrader/AP

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the vanishing spray being used to designate distances for free kicks will be used at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

The spray, which was developed in Argentina and Brazil, is currently being used at the Club World Cup in Morocco.

Blatter says ''we started using it in all (our) competitions this year and at the World Cup we will definitely keep on the same path.''

Blatter was ''skeptical at first but after talking to referees who used this system, they were all happy with it.''

Coaches at the Club World Cup have also expressed content with the technology that allows the referee to mark the line where the defensive wall should be before a free kick is taken.

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