World Cup 2014: Dad Sprays White Line To Stop Wife And Daughters Spoiling His Football Viewing

14/08/2014 17:02 | Updated 20 May 2015

World Cup 2014: Dad sprays white line to stop wife and daughters spoiling his football viewing

A football mad dad has been accused of sexism after he used his own version of the referees' vanishing spray to prevent his wife and teenager daughters interrupting him during World Cup matches.

Mike Taylor, 39, was so worried about his wife Lisa, 38, and daughters Paige, 18, or Lauryn, 15, spoiling his enjoyment of such treats as England's tedious 0-0 draw against Costa Rica, that he adopted the referees' tactic of spraying a white line across the kitchen threshold to prevent them getting near the TV!

But his tongue-in-cheek actions have earned him a red card from people on Facebook, who accused him of belittling the women in his life.

Officials have been using the disappearing marker to draw white lines on pitches in Brazil to stop players encroaching on free kicks.

Mike, from Plymouth, Devon, said: "There was lots of hype around this new vanishing spray and so I decided to try it out for myself with shaving foam.

"I sprayed a line in the kitchen to stop my wife passing it - she found it hilarious. She was in on the joke and if you look at the video you can see her laughing."

However, Lisa and the girls got their own back when they posted a video of Mike's special spray on Facebook and several women accused him of being sexist.

But Mike laughed off the criticism saying: "I plan on using it for future matches outside my living room so people know not to disturb me and I'm able to watch the footie in peace and quiet.

"Anyone crossing it will get a red card."

The spray is called 9:15 Fairplay, a reference to the minimum distance in metres that opposing players should be from the ball after a foul.

Invented by an Argentinian journalist, it's a mixture of butane, isobutane and propane gas, a foaming agent and water.

The spray is used by referees to marks out where a free-kick should be taken from and where the defensive wall must stand, with the aim of stopping players cheating.


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