Vanishing foam has been part of a referee’s crime-fighting arsenal in some parts of the world for years, but its deployment at the 2014 World Cup has finally brought universal appreciation.
Football associations from Nairobi to Neptune will be discussing bringing it ahead of the new campaign to end once and for all the vile practice of wall encroachment.
However, we at news.bwin.com/en/ believe that the enforcement avenues it has already opened are just the tip of the law-laying-down lettuce.
Here’s seven more ways it can improve the beautiful game.
Tipp-Exing ironic moustaches
These are post-postmodern times for facial hair and there are now very few lip slugs that have genuine claims to legitimacy.
Vanishing foam can play both a literal and figurative role in ensuring their remains a line between footballers and hipsters/members of One Direction.
Ending skulduggery at corners
The canister could also be brought to bear upon a refereeing issue even more hard to quantify than ‘interfering with play’.
In fact drawing a line to separate attackers and defenders by a yard might even help certain offside calls as well as policing the pantomime.
You don’t have to have played the game at the highest level to realise that BO is a weapon, a form of chemical warfare capable of inhibiting the nervous system of defenders.
Adding a light lemon-fresh element to it’s composition would enable the lawmen to sniff and eliminate this unfair advantage.
No one likes to see a millionaire footballer bawling in a ref’s face like a sadistic games teacher, especially not the officials themselves.
Whipping out the foam and spraying it directly into the mouth of any post-decision pontificator would soon dampen their enthusiasm for après-award debate.
Crime scene preservation
For the worst fouls and incursions, ones in which a CSI-style investigation would be beneficial to the game, the flask could be used to outline the corpse, John Doe-style.
Magic sponge/squirty bottle alternative
Referees may be required to pass speed tests these days, but the same cannot be said for the beautiful game’s medical arm.
Given the renowned restorative powers of atomised liquids in Sunday League circles vanishing spray could have first aid uses for referees.
Post-match bubblebath/foam party
Having retired to the match officials’ quarters after a tough hour and a half of justice dispensing, who could begrudge the boys in black discharging their remaining foam into the big tub for a well-earned soak/rave-up.