It was only a matter of time before a footballer decided that the vanishing spray was entirely too much fun to let referees keep to themselves and Sporting Lisbon’s Teo Gutierrez is that footballer. After completing his side’s comeback against Besiktas in the Europa League with their third goal in a span of 10 minutes, he swiped the referee’s bottle of vanishing spray and tried to write a message on the pitch.
To his chagrin, using the vanishing spray apparently requires more skill than he anticipated because he couldn’t quite get it to work.
The ref ended up showing him a yellow card for this act of theft, which might make this the first vanishing spray related booking in the history of the game. Congratulations, Teo.