David Campese (Gallo Images)
London - Former Wallaby legend David Campese is furious with the way South African referee Craig Joubert has been treated.
Joubert was in the firing line after awarding Australia a controversial match-winning penalty in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland at Twickenham last Sunday.
On Monday night governing body World Rugby issued a statement indicating that Joubert was wrong in his decision, and a scrum would've been the correct call.
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However, Campese told talkSPORT that whoever put out the statement "should be shot".
"I have been in games where referees have made real blunders, but whoever put that statement out saying the referee got it wrong should be shot," Campese said.
"One of the biggest problems in world rugby is trying to get referees, and if they're going to cop abuse every game - meaning there will be no referees - then we haven't got a game.
"I know they make mistakes, but (you have to) live with them. If this decision had been the other way around people would be saying, 'oh, shut up you Aussies, you whinge all the time'. That's what sport is all about."
Campese, who will turn 53 on Wednesday, October 21, played 101 Tests for Australia, scoring 64 tries in the process.
He was voted player of the tournament at the 1991 World Cup after scoring six in the tournament which helped the Wallabies to overall victory.