Former President Clinton has added his voice to the increasingly loud chorus criticizing the replacement referees in the National Football League.
In an interview for CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” airing Tuesday evening, host Piers Morgan asked Clinton about a disputed call that caused the Green Bay Packers to lose the Monday Night Football game to the Seattle Seahawks.
In the final moments of the game, the replacement refs ruled that the Seahawks had completed a "Hail Mary" on the game's final play.
The replay showed the pass was an interception, and that the Seahawks committed offensive pass interference. The refs, however, did not call a penalty, and after reviewing the replay, failed to overturn the call on the field.
Morgan asked Clinton, “Did you think that that was a touchdown? And if it wasn’t, should we get these referees back?”
The ex-commander in chief responded, “No, I did not think it was a touchdown. And I thought the pass was intercepted. I thought the defender hit the ground before there was joint possession.”
Clinton added, “It means that we need to get the strike over and get more experienced people in there."
A number of pigskin-loving lawmakers have criticized the use of the replacement refs. GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a Packers fanatic, took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispute the outcome, writing, “I half think these refs worked part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office.”