Vanishing spray will be used for the first time in Scotland during this weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup fixtures.
The Scottish FA will introduce the spray in this weekend’s eight fifth round ties, before it is rolled out across all of the country’s senior leagues and cup competitions.
Used by referees to help mark the required distance of 10 yards (9.15m) 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 the weekend’s opening William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round fixture between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park (kick-off 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports).
The Scottish FA will then introduce the spray to the Scottish Professional Football League, Lowland League and Highland League, including the promotion/relegation play-offs.
It will also be used in the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Challenge Cup.
The Scottish FA’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.
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