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Dirty Tackle

Fans put unique twist on referees' white foam spray at World Cup

Dirty Tackle
Referee Howard Webb, right, from England holds back Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Referee Howard Webb, right, from England holds back Colombia's Mario Yepes during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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The addition of goal-line technology has garnered most of the headlines about changes at this World Cup. We’ve seen it get calls correct, spark fervent social media and radio talk show chatter, generate criticism from the uninitiated and ultimately prove to be good for the game.

But another addition to the 2014 World Cup – one which hasn’t been talked about nearly as much – is the disappearing spray the head referee can use to delineate 10 yards from the spot of a free kick.

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New to this World Cup, referees can use disappearing spray to mark 10 yards on free kicks. (Twitter/@aqushmaq)

New to this World Cup, referees can use disappearing spray to mark 10 yards on free kicks. (Twitter/@aqushmaq)

We found out on Friday (through the wonders of social media) that fans are having a bit of fun using the spray in their daily lives. Namely, they’re using it as a way to keep people away from the TV during World Cup games. While World Cup refs use a version of the spray that vanishes off the field, fans are using a token household product found in most bathrooms: shaving cream.

Possibly warned by their parents that shaving cream can damage a carpet, youngsters with World Cup fever even have taken the trend outdoors.

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Kids copy World Cup referees by using the foam spray line outdoors. (Twitter/@AllFootballLive)

Kids copy World Cup referees by using the foam spray line outdoors. (Twitter/@AllFootballLive)

When this World Cup is over, the white foam line could be an indelible image stuck in our minds. We’ll keep our eyes close to social media to see how much traction it picks up in the homes of American soccer fans.

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