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Jul 3, 2014

Serie A set for vanishing spray

A referee sprays out a line at the World Cup.

The spray being used at the World Cup to mark the distance of the wall on free kicks is set to be introduced in Serie A, according to Italian refereeing chief Marcello Nicchi.

The white foam spray, which disappears after about a minute, has been used successfully in Brazil after initially being trialled in South American football and at last year's Confederations Cup. It is one aspect of the refereeing at this summer's World Cup which Nicchi, president of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA), would like to see adopted in Italy too next season.

"I've got to admit I've changed my mind about it," Nicchi said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I wasn't convinced about how useful it would be, but it really does help a lot. The players don't even move an inch now and you avoid all the scenes and protests with players prancing around.

"This is why I will be discussing it with the Italian FA (FIGC) and with the various leagues to evaluate the costs and the feasibility of it. Certainly we're not going to have it at every level, but we are willing to adopt it."

Spain is also likely to bring in the use of vanishing spray, but the English Premier League wants more time to evaluate its effectiveness.

Short thrift was conversely given to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's suggestion that video replays could be used to clarify a certain number of disputed incidents per game. "I was and I remain against the use of replays during matches," Nicchi said.

"I have registered [Blatter's suggestion], but all it is now is a declaration of intent. He has the power to present it to the International Football Association Board and then it would have to be approved. I believe that goalline technology works, but using replays for other things doesn't make much sense."

Italian football last season introduced additional referees behind the goalline, a recommendation by UEFA and employed in UEFA club competitions. "That's delivered great results also in Europe, just ask [UEFA Referees Committee member Pierlugi] Collina. That seems like the right path to follow," Nicchi said.

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