After its roaring success at the World Cup, vanishing spray will be seen in the Premier League for the 2014-15 season.
Fans of Major League Soccer are used to seeing the spray in action after it was introduced back in the 2011 season and now leagues across the world are catching on. MLS, you pioneers, you.
When the new season kicks off on August 16, Premier League referees will use the spray (which is held in a can that will be strapped to their waists) to prevent encroachment by players in a defensive wall during free kicks. They will spray a line 10-yards away from the ball that defending players cannot cross.
Speaking about the decisions to introduce vanishing spray, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had this to say.
“It was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that vanishing spray benefited referees, players, and all of those who watched the matches.”
After seeing the device used so effortlessly during the World Cup, it is quick and easy to use and will stop cheating from defensive players. The referee sprays a quick mark where the ball is, walks 10 yards and sprays a line which the players must stand behind. If they don’t, he will book them and move the free kick closer. Simple.
Gone are the days when you see defensive walls inching closer to the ball everytime the referee turns his back. Cheaters never prosper, but when it comes to blocking free kicks standing closer than 10-yards usually works.
Those 10-yards distances are now legit in the Premier League thanks to our new friend, vanishing spray.
Chelsea have announced they will not be parading the Premier League trophy through the streets of London this Sunday.
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The Blues released a statement on Wednesday detailing their decision to cancel the parade which would have seen the first team board an open top bus outside Stamford Bridge on May 28 and celebrate their PL title success, and a potential FA Cup trophy, with their fans.
However, due to the UK government updating the terror threat level to critical (meaning an attack is imminent) following the Manchester bombing on Monday which killed 22 people, Chelsea have decided to cancel the event as a mark of respect and due to the ongoing situation across the United Kingdom.
Below is the statement from Chelsea in full.
“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends. In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.
“Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision.
“Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London.
“Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”
Liverpool beat Sydney FC 3-0 in an end of season friendly in Australia on Wednesday.
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Jurgen Klopp‘s men traveled Down Under and played in front of a crowd of 72,892 at the ANZ Stadium, with Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino scoring the goals against the A-League side.
There were even special appearances from Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman as the Reds ended their 2016-17 season in style in Sydney.
Klopp’s sealed fourth in the Premier League on Sunday, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League playoff round in the process.
As well as the game taking place in Sydney, there was also a moment of silence before kick off as both teams honored the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack which took the lives of 22 people on Monday.
There was also a stunning rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the fans in Sydney, which you can watch in the video below.
South Korea and Venezuela clinched berths in the knockout rounds of the U-20 World Cup on Tuesday, while Germany and Argentina have surprising work to do after two matches in South Korea.
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South Korea 2-1 Argentina
Barcelona B man Lee Seung-woo helped South Korea take a 2-0 lead, then hold on for the win and group lead over England.
England 1-1 Guinea
Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori scored a wild long range own goal to cost England the three points, but the Blues are still well-positioned to advance out of the group stage. Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook scored for England, and it was a beaut.
Venezuela 7-0 Vanuatu
Seven different Venezuelans have scored through a pair of shutout wins, with Caracas’ Sergio Cordova the only one to bag a pair.
Mexico 0-0 Germany
Germany has just one point through two matches, thanks largely to Pachuca’s Abraham Romero’s seven saves. Mexico was outshot 12-6.
Marco Silva is one of the hottest properties in management, months after eliciting cries of “Who?” following his appointment at Hull City.
While those cries may have been a tiny bit myopic given his time at Sporting CP and Olympiacos, the 39-year-old is now visible to the world despite Hull’s relegation.
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Silva will be back in England to meet with Hull on Wednesday, but a clause in his contract that said he could leave if the club was relegated gives the Tigers very little hope.
Rumors have him wanted at Watford, and he’s also been linked with a number of other jobs including Southampton (should the club part ways with Claude Puel).
However, the former right back is also reportedly a target of one of the biggest clubs in his home country: Champions League side Porto.