Vanishing spray to be used for Hibs v Arbroath

Referee John Beaton shows off the vanishing spray. Pic: Steve Welsh
Referee John Beaton shows off the vanishing spray. Pic: Steve Welsh
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Vanishing spray will be used for the first time in Scotland during this weekend’s William Hil Scottish Cup fixtures, including Hibs v Arbroath, the SFA revealed today.

The spray, used by referees to help mark the ten yards between the ball and opposition players at free-kicks, will be introduced in the eight fifth round ties before it is rolled out across all the country’s senior leagues and cup competitions.

The vanishing spray caught the imagination of football fans when it made its debut in the World Cup in Brazil last year and is now used in 13 countries around Europe.

John Beaton will become the referee to take to the field with the spray in a domestic match in Scotland when he takes charge of the opening cup tie on Saturday, the clash between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park, while Andrew Dallas will be able to use it as he takes charge of Hibs v Arbroath on Saturday afternoon.

The SFA’s elite referees trialled the spray at their recent winter training camp in La Manga and after this weekend it will be introduced to the SPFL, the Lowland and Highland Leagues, including promotion and relegation play-offs and in the League and Challenge Cups.