Benni: I did nothing wrong

2011-08-26 08:50
Benni McCarthy (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy has revealed his disappointment at being sent off against Maritzburg United in their PSL encounter on Wednesday night and admitted it was a turning point in the match.

McCarthy had given his side a one-nil lead before seeing red with United then finding two goals in the second half to claim a 2-1 victory.

Speaking to the club's official website the former Porto Champions League winner admitted he "did nothing wrong" despite being dismissed.

He said: "We started the game very well and were in control but we ended up losing the match. That's normal in football.

"However, having said that, I think we didn't deserve to lose. I did nothing wrong to deserve the red card.

"With due respect to my team-mates, who did exceptionally well under difficult circumstances, I think the red card broke our momentum and the fact that we played a man-down gave advantage to the opponents.

"Gazi, I saw the match later on Thursday night and I still maintain that I did nothing wrong to get the red card. I think my send off, was unjustifiable and cost us the game we could easily won.

"This is my second red card since I turned professional; my first was when I was still with FC Porto in Portugal."

McCarthy, who scored his second goal for Pirates since his return to the PSL from the English Premier League with West Ham, added that nevertheless, it was good to be back in South Africa and scoring goals.

"Of course, the feeling is good and I am happy for myself and the team because that's what I am here to do. In fact, I believe I was going to score a hat-trick against Maritzburg last night, but some people had other ideas.

"Anyway, it's a wake-up call for me. I guess this is what you get for playing for the best team in the league."

Read more on:    psl  |  benni mccarthy  |  johannesburg

United issued CL warning

2014-07-31 11:54


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

08 August 2014
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Stadium 20:00
09 August 2014
Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, Charles Mopeli Stadium 15:00
University of Pretoria v Polokwane City, Tuks Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Moroka Swallows, Orlando Stadium 20:15
10 August 2014
Bloemfontein Celtic v Black Aces, Free State Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 15:00
Team P W PTS

Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their Absa Premiership title in the 2014/15 season?

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.