Ingenious new technology to be used at World Cup in Brazil

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New methods employed to ensure defenders keep their ten yards on a free kick.

This summer will see referees spraying white lines on football pitches mid-game. Sound strange?

Don't worry, it's not that the pitches will be so bad that constant touch-ups to the paint-job are needed to keep the goal-lines and penalty spot visible. It's the new tactic that sees an aerosol can used to mark out the distance defenders should be from a ball before a free kick 

Used internationally as far back as the 2011 Copa America, this vanishing spray will seek to keep defenders from slyly inching forward after a referee has set the 10 yard distance, and any mark will only remain for a minute before fading from the grass.

Fairly foreign to us Europeans, the spray has been in use in the Brazilian top flight for some time, and will now come to worldwide attention during the summer's World Cup.

If it proves successful, it won't be long until it is employed by referees all over the globe, certainly in elite leagues.

Let's hope the ref doesn't get it mixed up with his deodorant in the changing room!

image: © vagueonthehow

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