Benni: I did nothing wrong

2011-08-26 08:50

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."


  • Fran - 2011-08-26 09:07

    Ok then Benni, if you are innocent as you say why don't you keep quite and let others speak for you. People who are innocent always do that, they keep quite but because you are you I know that will be very difficult neh? Die Kaapse dans.

      Geoffrey Booysen - 2011-08-26 09:31

      Fran, did you actually watch the game before posting this comment?

      roboman1 - 2011-08-26 09:32

      I am impressed that Benni got that fat lyf on and off the field all in one day!

      Nelson - 2011-08-26 09:54

      frankly you didn't see the incident the way most of us did

      donnytone - 2011-08-26 16:24

      He was probably asked about the incident so he had to reply. Oh ja this is a chiefs fan speaking for him - He did nothing wrong

  • Phany4khosi - 2011-08-26 09:32

    @fran, true that. "I believe I was going to score a hat-trick against Maritzburg last night, but some people had other ideas", SINCE you came here Benni all you do is come up with unrealistic expectations......just shup up ok!!! you are not the first player to get red card this season....haooooow!!! by the end of this season you would have score 8 goals in all competitions i promise. you know why, because your tongue is doing a lot of scoring instead of your boots!!!!!

      FIGHT4FAIRSA - 2011-08-26 14:20

      Disagree with you buddy....on the incident Benni is 100% spot on - a typical case of a ref wanting the focus again - send off a high profile player....those match officials look like they spent the off season in Mac D's and really could not keep up with play - poor decision. Leave Benni alone he has come to do a job and credit to him he is showing those South Africans who lost faith in him that he is indeed a special player - the best striker this country has ever produced. I do not care what club he plays for he is class through and through! Keep going Benni just stick to the knitting.

      CITIZEN - 2011-08-27 13:11

      Phany4khosi you will not even earn in your life what benni earned in a year so i think you the one who must shut up he is the best striker this country ever seen and 8 goals the whole season that is what your amakhosi will score in 10 games all together he will be top goal scorer this season probaly 25 to 30 goals benni in the area pantse phanyi phantse

  • Annoy - 2011-08-26 09:34

    Oops refs fault

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-08-26 09:53

    Will every soccer discussion revolve around Benni, please!!! Let us talk about young stars who are making their way to the national team (Majoro, Teko, et al) and treat Benni as any normal player because he is.

      Neles - 2011-08-26 11:11

      Teko? please - he's no young star. over-rated & washed up more like it. Next you'll be referring to Papi Zothwane as a young star.

      Ltk.Warric - 2011-08-26 15:09

      And as for Majoro he is not Bafana material.

  • Streetdreams - 2011-08-26 09:59

    Hard luck Benni, it looks like they are targeting you Charle, stay calm and play ball.,, one thing for sure you will be the leading goalscorer come the End of the season. All the best !!

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-26 10:30

    Refs spoil so many matches in the PSL. Lets have post match interviews for refs as well.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-08-26 10:36

    I think he got a red card for being over weight on the field. I am a die hard chiefs fan.

  • dr - 2011-08-26 11:12

    Dont worry Benni in the area u are hear 2 stay they have 2 get 2 use 2 it , I still believe in u. 2 goals in a league u are going there b patient broer, I dont understand why some people dont want 2 give u a chance. His (Benny) in town and going 2 bang the goals like it or not..

      infidel - 2011-08-26 12:36

      2 true

  • Mthokozisi - 2011-08-26 11:31

    errogent basterd

      mac-sdi - 2011-08-26 12:28

      LOL at ErroGent

      ockert.niekerk - 2011-08-26 13:53

      1st its arrogant bastard..haha..2de they should make a Mac Benni burger,on the add you should get everything,but when you open the bag only a bun and coke is waiting...and they can charge whatever they want.

      AjaxFiko - 2011-09-01 15:31

      Errogent damb retaded basted! tl tl tl. . lmao, dude seriously??

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-08-26 12:18

    The problem with you Benni is that you are more of a referee than a player. You are complaining every time the referee decides against you. Stop irritating referees and start playing. This is what you are paid to do. You are not bigger than the game!

      mpho30 - 2011-08-26 17:17

      In all fairness, Benni has been playing in Europe for over a decade...where players talk and appeal to the ref all the time. He is just taking a bit longer to adapting to the PSL culture. I personally think if refs were questioned more on the field, we would have less refs making crap judgements

  • Njabulo - 2011-08-26 13:26

    Do what u know better (scoring) and just shut up. I am yet to see yr brilliancy on the field, but i am tired of it during press conferences. It will never be easy to play in the PSL for anyone including you, so better not understimate teams like MU. If it was possible for u to score a hatrick on wednesday, u were going to score maybe a brace agaist Sundowns when they took u out. Let's wait and see if u can shine again!!

  • Setshutshu - 2011-08-26 15:21

    I agree with you Benni, you did nothing wrong, and the referee was foolish to give you marching orders. Maybe he expected you to jump for the ball with your hands folded, or maybe in your pockets. From the start of the game, it was maritzburg's tactics to foul either you or any Pirates' player, so they can cause an upset to the team. The referee must have been in on it as well, seeing that he never brandished any cards for rough tackles from the opposition. I still think he was paid a R1,000 to throw the game. But rest assured, wherever he is, he's spent the moolah, and is broke as hell, but you will always be around to bang goals. You look at the MTN 8 semi against sundowns, we had another incidence by the referee, not cautioning Teko for taking his time to leave the pitch, just because Pirates was trailing, and the same referee once gave Tlou Segolela a red card for time wasting, unfortunately he never got paid because Pirates won the game. Bloody inexperienced coaches! They belong in the NFD, or maybe in school matches. Lastly, don't mind the negative comments, we all know where they come from, ...

  • Maxwell - 2011-08-26 15:39

    ben shibobo bakhahlameze.

  • AjaxFiko - 2011-09-01 15:24

    Whoah whoah hold on there McCarthy. . .don't know which newspaper(s) you've been reading. . .Best team in the league??? Khosi die hard. .rise Khosi rise

  • Segomotso - 2011-09-03 21:47

    BENNI i agree with u,u hav done nothing wrong.that player jumped late when you were landing.HE jumped staight for your elbow and the poor refree was waiting for that are a professional player nd i respect you Benni you know how to deal with those things.KHOSI FAN.People can say what they want about you but cant break your spirit UR A PROFESSIONAL BENNI

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