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Klinsmann wants to see instant replay in soccer

12 November 4:23 pm

Klinsmann wants to see instant replay in soccer

By Simon Borg

US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has never been shy to let his opinion be known on soccer matters.

While on a scouting trip in England ahead of the USA's Wednesday friendly in Russia, he stopped to visit with the BBC's Gary Lineker, who asked Klinsmann for his views on diving and technology in soccer (WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE).

Klinsmann has apparently given this more than some thought. Here's his plan:

"Use specific elements right away," Klinsmann said. "You have a fourth referee already out there. So if he has a a television screen, he can tell you like in American basketball or in football. Within 10 seconds he tells you if it was behind the line or it wasn't. It was a penalty or it wasn't. Give [the fourth official] the final shot real quick. They're connected with the ear phones already on the field. Give it a go.

"Give him the signal right away, the main ref, and he can make his call. I would use it."

The former Tottenham Hotspur star also provided Lineker some insight into what he believes to be his mission at the helm of the US national team.

"[Americans] are obviously looking for a national team that they can identify with and that maybe one day goes a little bit further in the World Cup," Klinsmann said. "That's the locomotive of the whole game in the country because their pride is huge when the national team plays. And that's kind of a little bit down to me to hopefully guide them to Brazil 2014 and do well there."