Referee to use vanishing spray in Falkirk cup-tie

Falkirk reached the fifth round with victory over Cowdenbeath
Falkirk reached the fifth round with victory over Cowdenbeath

Vanishing spray will be used during Falkirk’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Brechin on Saturday.

The SFA is introducing the spray for all eight of this weekend’s fifth round ties before it is rolled out across the country’s senior leagues and cup competitions.

Used by referees to help mark the required distance of 10 yards between the ball and opposition players from a set-piece scenario, vanishing spray caught the imagination of football fans around the world when it made its FIFA World Cup debut in Brazil last year. It is now used in 13 countries around Europe.

John Beaton will become the first referee to take to the field with the spray in a domestic match in Scotland when he officiates at the opening cup fixture between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park at 12.30 p.m,

Scotland’s elite referees trialled the spray at their recent winter training camp in La Manga ahead of its introduction for the second half of the season.

John Fleming, the SFA’s head of referee operations, said: “Vanishing spray is a simple yet effective tool which will aid our referees in their management of set-piece situations.

“Based on the current application and widespread use around the world, it will undoubtedly enhance the reputation of our game.

“We are pleased to be able to roll the spray out across our senior leagues and cup competitions and look forward to seeing the benefits from this weekend in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round.”