Mark Cueto believes soccer ought to take discover from rugby union and different sports activities and cease criticising know-how – as an alternative create options to higher implement it into the sport.
The previous Sale Sharks winger was on the improper finish of one of the vital controversial moments in English sporting historical past throughout the 2007 Rugby World Cup ultimate towards South Africa.
Regardless of grounding the ball within the nook in Paris, Cueto was adjudged to have been taken into contact by South Africa No.eight Danie Rossouw. The tv match official took an age to deliberate and finally wiped the attempt off and England failed to carry on and succumbed to a 6-15 loss.
In addition to costing the Purple Rose the possibility to develop into the primary nation to retain the World Cup, it price Cueto the possibility to etch his title into sporting historical past.
And the 40-year-old believes soccer officers should study from the errors already made this season with VAR or danger ‘spoiling’ the sport.
“I feel you’ve received to study from it, you’ve received to present it an opportunity,” Cueto informed talkSPORT.com.
“And I feel the most important factor is for me – with out saying the improper factor right here – in soccer, persons are too fast to say ‘it doesn’t work’ and what to eliminate it.
“Versus siting down and saying ‘it isn’t working, however why isn’t it working?’ It could carry some readability to the areas it’s a bit ambiguous.
“Finally, there are all these different sports activities on the planet which can be utilizing know-how and it has improved the game. So why is soccer, the most important sport on the planet, with probably the most cash on the planet, why can’t they adapt and get it proper?
“I feel it’s a little bit of that old-fashioned mentality the place all they do is moan about it and no one is definitely looking for an answer to it.
“For me, I look again at ’07 and clearly I’m going to say it was a attempt. I’m positive there are many South Africans who would disagree with this. However deep down, I do know if that ultimate was performed tomorrow, the proper name can be made.
“There have been enhancements and we’ve got moved on, everyone has moved on with the know-how and in the end the sport has improved and it’s a greater expertise for everyone.
“In soccer, VAR has been round for about three years now and we nonetheless appear to be on day one with it. There’s no readability, there isn’t a downside fixing – it simply stays a multitude and everybody makes a joke about how it’s so dangerous.
“I suppose, in the end, the FA or UEFA has received to get a grip on it and add some readability. In any other case, it’s simply going to spoil the sport.”
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