French footballing president confirms use of vanishing spray

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The LFP President Frederic Thiriez has announced plans for the vanishing spray, used by referees at the Brazil World Cup, to be introduced into all levels of professional football in France this season, reports the official Ligue 1 website.

After speculation in the French media about the foam being used within France next season, Thiriez confirmed that the use of the foam within all competitions arranged by the LFP would be discussed at the upcoming board meeting on the 24th July.

This would mean that Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 as well as the Coupe de Ligue could see the foam spray be used during the game as soon as the first round of games beginning on the 8th of August.

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The spray was a massive success at the World Cup in Brazil with pundits and fans alike celebrating the step forward in technology that makes it possible. Many social media sites saw many gifs be created celebrating the foam spray, with many people eager to copy what they had seen on their television screens.

The use of the foam stops the defending players from edging forward during free kicks, something that has become part of the game in recent years.

Exclusively South American

The vanishing foam spray is currently used in the South American leagues, and it’s success there saw it moved onto the international stage. It is hoped that the majority of leagues will also decide to use it during the upcoming seasons.

Thiriez said the official website that he is a big supporter of any solution that will aid the referees in cutting out time wasting and minor encroachments that currently blight the game.

Tech pioneers?

The president went on to say that the French league has always looked to be the leading league for the use of technology, using the example of the ear pieces for referees and their assistants, which are now common place but which was first used in France.

France were also one of the first leagues to introduce goalline technology, using the Hawkeye system, which is seen in tennis and cricket, which uses cameras to determine whether the ball crossed the line.

Rarely deployed

This is the same system that was used in Brazil that worked well, with only a couple of decisions requiring the technology, such as Karim Benzema’s goal against Honduras. The same system is used in the Premier League, although didn’t confirm a goal until half way through the season in January awarding Edin Dzeko a goal against Cardiff City.

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