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Vanishing spray returns to South Africa for MTN8 matches

00:14 GMT+3 02/09/2018
A referee uses vanishing spray during a football match
The vanishing spray was last used three seasons ago by PSL referees, but the league has decided to use it one more time as an experiment

On Saturday night, the vanishing spray made its return to South Africa as it was used in the MTN8 second leg semi-final clash between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United. 

The tool was first introduced in South Africa during the 2015/16 season, but the PSL decided to abondon it for the following term. 

At the time, the PSL said this was just an experiment and that its board of governors would make a decision on whether or not to continue using it for PSL matches. 

This tool was used in South Africa after Fifa introduced it at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil

However, the first roll out of the vanishing spray took place in 2001 in the Brazilian championship, before being used at the 2011 Copa America tournament. 

The vanishing spray will again be used in Sunday's MTN8 semi-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

With the international break upon us, the PSL will be expected to make a decision on whether or not to continue using the tool for league matches depending on its success. 

The spray is used to demarcate the area where the ball should be placed and where the players stand during set-pieces to prevent them from encroaching the 10-metre line.

It is applied on the grass and the white colour can last for up to a minute before vanishing.