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Benni faces 'too fat' fines

2010-08-15 21:39

Johannesburg - Faced with the dubious honour of entering the Guinness Book of records as the first major soccer player facing a R2m club fine for being too fat, beefy former Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy was "banished" from the West Ham squad for Saturday's opening 3-0 Premier League defeat against Aston Villa.

Although not expected to be included in the starting line-up against Villa after club chairman David Sullivan had announced that McCarthy faced an approximate R400 000 fine over each of the next five weeks if he did not shed a kilogram of weight during each of the seven-day periods, it was still speculated McCarthy might find a place on the substitute's bench in view of the Hammers finding themselves faced with a number of injuries.

McCarthy, however, did not as much as feature among the seven listed substitutes and West Ham clearly mean business about trimming the weight of a player who cost them R25m in a transfer from Blackburn Rovers at the start of the year - but has provided the London club with no compensation for their outlay thus far.

Bafana's all-time leading scorer, however, remains insistent that he will accept all the jibes about his weight and diminished fitness as motivation and not only lose the required five kilograms over the next five weeks, but also kick-start his becalmed career at West Ham in the process.

The road back, nevertheless, for the player who turns 33 in November, will be difficult to climb - loss of weight or not.

SAPA

Comments
  • Polly - 2010-08-15 22:22

    Benni you could fool your mates in South Africa but the management of the english premier league are toooooo clever for you. I see that you did what the rest of South Africa did during the world cup -----party,party,party. No work, no practise just party,party,party.No wonder you are so fat and our economy is in a shambles.

  • scott - 2010-08-16 02:09

    WHO CARES ?

  • Zion Pay - 2010-08-16 06:43

    Benni could be put to good use: Blocking the goal mouth:

  • 06 - 2010-08-16 06:59

    Run fatty run!!!

  • TAXIDO - 2010-08-16 07:42

    I pity for u ma boy badimo ba o shaapa

  • lux - 2010-08-16 08:14

    the sun is setting for you my boy. maybe i'ts time to hand in your boots. you failed to lose weight with Perreira, let's see if you can do it now. I think the issue here is not about the weight it's about your attitude, shimmy and you have a bad one.

  • lux - 2010-08-16 08:16

    the sun is setting for you my boy. maybe i'ts time to hand in your boots. you failed to lose weight with Perreira, let's see if you can do it now. I think the issue here is not about the weight it's about your attitude, shimmy and you have a bad one.

  • LETONA - 2010-08-16 11:15

    When Parreira and his technical team dropped Benny 'cause of his heavy weight i thought they got something against him.After his team promised him a fine due 2 the fatness,i took my hats off 4 Parreira and his technical team.If my memory serves me well Leslie intervened in the heavyweight saga,that's after he dodged journalists.The honour is on Benni,the more he gains the more he loses money.Hope Benni will manage 2 trim his body.

  • @Polly - 2010-08-16 11:38

    Economy in shambles??? When did this happen? People like you are truly pathetic. You probably are also one of the moaners who said the SWC would be a disaster. It was only a matter of time before the moaning losers would climb from back under their rocks and mouth-off COMPLETE UNTRUTHS as per usual. Sheeple!

  • Torres - 2010-08-17 07:44

    There goes the remix... BENNI IN THE CAFETERIA.... well honestly speaking i think Benni should call it a day before he becomes his worst nightmare back in south africa. Benni had to believe in the say "your attitude will determine you altitude in life" but with the weight i'm not quite sure that British Airlines would get him to South Africa.... my suggestion is... get a lift in a submarine Benni LoL

  • NAI MY BRA - 2010-08-17 12:23

    BENNI AND RICKY JANUARIE MUST BE COUZINS EKSE

  • gav - 2010-08-17 15:49

    hahahaha,it`s a pity,i liked Benni,the best striker SA had,maybe he must slow down on the Ace meilie meal hahahaha

  • Sello "Two-Two" Jelle - 2010-08-17 18:07

    It is a pity Benni still thinks he can bounce back to glory! Being fat like he is does not change in a week...and the Log is not waiting for him either. He really thinks like Delron Beckley who is even thinking of applying for unemployment benefits in a foreign country - Germany! These guys just don't have pride - patriotism...Why don't they JUST COME BACK HOME AND START AFRESH? The fact that he does not have a club and his former club does not even allow him to train with them, is sufficient to tell him in very loud terms - You are "Finish and Klaar"

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