Luis Enrique MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 26: Head coach Luis Enrique Martinez of FC Barcelona encourages his team during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 26, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Extended stoppage time has been a major talking point in the opening days of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One fan of the seemingly stretched-out time is Spain manager Luis Enrique.

On a Tuesday Twitch stream covered by The Athletic, Enrique said, “I think it’s marvelous to play so much added time in both halves, the most effective time possible (the better).”

He went on to suggest testing a clock that stops when the ball is out of play, believing that could help ensure fans see an hour or more of actual play each match. “What is important is that the fan gets at least 60 minutes of effective time,” Enrique said. “Of course I am saying that knowing it would benefit us. But if they do not like it, they can change and play as we do.”

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA Referees Committee Chairman, explained the reasoning for longer stoppages in a recent press conference, saying the focus is on accurately reflecting the time spent celebrating goals, making substitutions or dealing with injuries.

Monday’s three World Cup matches went into record books for longest stoppage times in the tournament’s history – since it started being tracked in 1966.

Many fans on Twitter seem to be aligned with Enrique, arguing the longer times are more accurate than the more common one to just a few minutes being typically added.

Some are still not so sure about all the additional time, and others are ready to put an end to stoppage time altogether.

[The Athletic]