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Little chance of World Cup’s ‘magic’ marker being used for Burton Albion games

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

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BURTON Albion and Derby County fans are unlikely to witness the ‘magic spray’ currently in use at the World Cup in the Football League next season.

Amid the goals and glory in Brazil, the vanishing foam used by referees to mark out the ten yards from ball to wall at free-kicks has become a star in its own right.

It is a simple and effective device, with the foam being biodegradable – derived from vegetable oil – and disappearing within a minute or two.

However, despite its popularity and success, governing bodies in Britain have yet to be convinced.

The Premier League are expected to ask referees’ chief Mike Riley to review the spray at the end of the World Cup.

The hindrances to it being used for the likes of the Brewers and the Rams are that it wastes time, and that encroachment is not an issue in this country.

Meanwhile, the designer of the spray, Brazilian Heine Allemagne, says he has no plans to try to make money from his invention.

The 43-year-old says he was driven to develop the device by a love of the game, and gave FIFA 320 cans to use in Brazil, free of charge.

“I wanted to help the referees keep discipline,” said Allemagne.

“The time now taken at free-kicks has reduced from 48 seconds to around 20 seconds.

“There are less yellow and red cards, more goals from free-kicks, and the players respect the line.

“I am just a face in the crowd, someone from Minas Gerais who tackled a century-old problem.”

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