2022-11-24 15:11:00

'It's stupid' - World Cup players getting frustrated with long stoppage times as Switzerland's Sow speaks out

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By James Hunsley
  • Qatar 2022 has seen long stoppages
  • Part of plan for more accurate calculations
  • Sow criticised decision citing risk to players

WHAT HAPPENED? In a World Cup full of firsts, Qatar 2022 has also surprised in the number of minutes added on at the end of each half. While some pundits have praised the change due to more action on the pitch, Sow expressed players' frustrations at their increased risk of injury, especially for games with results concluded long before the full-time whistle.

WHAT THEY SAID: I saw the game between Spain and Costa Rica - I don't think there needs to be eight minutes of stoppage time, Sow told GOAL and Spox. I think that's stupid. You have to have a feeling for the situation. When it's 6-0, you don't have to add another eight minutes. It's also about respect for your opponent. The longer the games go on, the more the body is strained. If you play 100, 105 minutes every time, I'm curious how many injuries there are [going to be].

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