Count Jurgen Klinsmann among those in favor of instant replay being implemented in soccer.
Klinsmann, in a video released by U.S. Soccer Wednesday, voiced his overwhelming support for the use of video assistance for referees, a topic that has picked up steam in recent months. A spat of controversial MLS calls has put referees under the spotlight, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino said this week that he wants video replay to be used at the 2018 World Cup in a more expanded nature than just goal-line technology.
"The last thing you want to see is that a game is decided by a referee mistake," Klinsmann said. "Referees are trying their best, they're humans and mistakes happen, but we are at a time now where technology is just outstanding. Not only goal-line technology that finally was used in the last World Cup–it was overdue for 20 years. Now you're at a time when you can easily stop real quick, have the slow motion on the sidelines looking at it real quick: Was it inside the box, was it outside of the box? Was it a red card, was it not a red card? Is it a penalty or not? Just take those 10 seconds and decide that, and not leave it up then to the human decision that in that moment saw it maybe the wrong way. I think video technology is overdue ... and it has to be a part of the game in future time."