Benni fined R2.4m by Hammers

2011-02-07 10:17

Johannesburg - Embattled former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy was again fined almost £200 000 (R2.4 million) by his relegation threatened club West Ham for failing to meet fitness targets.

McCarthy was deemed too large for a Premier League player, especially for a club fighting relegation, and was ordered to work on his fitness. Failure to meet his target would result in hefty financial penalties.

The former SA national team player did meet his target but was left out of the 25-man West Ham squad for the second half of the season.

Hammers boss Avram Grant believes the weight loss has slowed the striker. "He reached the targets but I think that affected his movement," said Grant.

"He's a very good player and one of the best finishers in training that I have ever seen, and I have had some good players. But now we need players with movement and the advantage of being quick, and we have others."

McCarthy was challenged at the beginning of the season to lose 2.2lb in weight for five or six weeks or face a fine of one week's wages each time he failed.

He reached his target of 13st 5lb by October after ballooning to more than 15st at one stage and his body fat went down from 24.2 percent at the end of last season to 16 per cent by mid-August. A professional athlete is expected to carry from five to 12 percent.

Meanwhile, his agent Rob Moore, told the Daily Mirror that McCarthy wanted to play and did not want to just sit around and collect his cheque. McCarthy earns £38 000 a week and appears to have been fined five times in his long-term weight battle.

''Avram has a job to do and the team are in a difficult position, so you can't blame him for making decisions he believes in, but Benni has had hardly any game time and it's inevitable he would get a bit disheartened.

''He's at the level of fitness and weight the club prescribed and they are happy with that. But he is 33 years old and we have to be realistic," Moore told Daily Mirror.


  • unrealchris - 2011-02-07 10:29

    Pity BEE doesnt work in overseas team!

      smallwhirled - 2011-02-07 12:13

      What does BEE have to do with this story?

      Gary - 2011-02-07 12:14

      Your talking about a guy who has a EUFA cup and champions league medal and scored more than 20 goals in his first season in the premiership. Has played in 4 different european leagues... I cant think of a more succesful South African sports person.

      boyd.lance - 2011-02-07 12:23

      I feel really sorry for Benny. If this story is true, then the West Ham bosses are just trying to recover the money that Benny is costing them contractually...they are disgraceful businessmen. They could've sold him to any of the mid-table championship clubs, but rather they kept him and now he's in the football wilderness as he can only play for the West Ham reserves or in the FA Cup.

      Merchen - 2011-02-07 12:53

      What does BEE have to do with this idiot!

      knorpantoffel - 2011-02-07 13:18

      @smallwhirled & Merchen if BEE aplied then they would be forced play Benni, and thus the statement: "Pity BEE doesnt work in overseas team!" seems valid

      Bratt - 2011-02-07 13:24

      @knorpantoffel - what? like SA is forced to pay Graeme Smith?

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-02-07 13:28

      @Bratt, what has Graeme Smith got to do with it, jeepers. I am surprised he is not mentioned in articles dealing with the crisis in Egypt

      Albo - 2011-02-07 14:24

      @Bratt - not really, but Robin Peterson springs to mind

      huts25 - 2011-02-07 15:53

      @Gary, you cant think of a more successful SA sportsperson? how about Gary Player or Penny Heyns. Benni may have the medals but he's hardly an SA sportsperson, he has only played for himself and will be remembered more for his failings than his triumphs.

      Rowan Bongi Gumede - 2011-02-07 16:45

      BEE has nothing to do with this story Idoit!!! UR so ignorant

      Itoldyouso - 2011-02-07 17:07

      It's his bloody imperialist agent's fault........

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-08 15:42

      BEE? Benni Eats Everything

  • ztoefy - 2011-02-07 10:30

    realistic about what? why doesn't he just call it quits and do what Shaun Bartlett did and finish off his career in South Africa....I am sure there are clubs that will take him.

      Artoo - 2011-02-07 10:46

      He won't earn R450,000 per week in South Africa ;-)

      GT - 2011-02-07 10:47

      who is going to pay him R500,000 a WEEK to eat Gatsby's and ice-cream?

  • DeonL - 2011-02-07 10:53

    Give it up and rather ask or accept a settlement.

      Sparks - 2011-02-07 11:06

      Correct, he must just accept settlement offer and come back home, he has a lot to offer to PSL and development. Bennie has done a lot for himself and the country, he should retire from european/international soccer with diginity.

  • Q - 2011-02-07 10:53

    Please SuperSport, or whoever copied and pasted this article, can you please use metric measurements...I'm scratching my knob trying to convert a stone in my head. Many folks are also reading this article on their phones without the luxury of opening multiple tabs.

      Larry - 2011-02-07 11:07

      Agreed h8t these American measurement standards... godamnit!! Kgssssssssssssss plssss

      Freddie - 2011-02-07 11:22

      @Q, Why convert them? The better way is to learn to use them! Or is that too difficult for you?

      GT - 2011-02-07 11:24

      Actually, it is English and the imperial system. Larry - start writing full words, it is good for your brain. 2.2lb = 1kg 14lb = 1 stone There for 1 stone = 6.35kg At one stage benni weighed 95KG!

      flowingr77 - 2011-02-07 11:27

      Freddie mus be sum kind of a dork........

      Highlander - 2011-02-07 12:10

      @Flowingr77......... Freddie and GT are correct, the imperial system was around way before metric. So rather find out how it works and increase your knowledge.

      nduk'zempi - 2011-02-07 12:44

      @Highlnder....the imperial system was around way before metric...true but it is still unscientific and quiet cumbersome to use,for advanced applications as in theoretical physics and other exact sciences,so please lets all quietly move to SI units(metric units).

      GT - 2011-02-07 12:48

      nduk'zempi - no problem, metric is far easier... HOWEVER, the story reports the facts and the facts or in imperial. Anyway, lets just say that Benni is, was and probably will remain Mafuta

      Andy49 - 2011-02-07 17:14

      Must be a BEE thing not to understand the unit of measurement in the country relative to the article.

  • smallwhirled - 2011-02-07 12:12

    THE LEAD TO THIS STORY IS WRONG - He has not been fined 'again', he has accumulated these fines. Piss-poor, unprofessional journalism, just re-gurgitating UK article.

  • Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-02-07 13:28

    @Bratt, what has Graeme Smith got to do with it, jeepers. I am surprised he is not mentioned in articles dealing with the crisis in Egypt

  • knorpantoffel - 2011-02-07 13:32

    @ Bratt, Graeme Smith is an excellent player and captain. He is retiring after the world cup as captain. Then he will have to make the team on merit like all the others. (the other non-quota guys that is)

      lenand40 - 2011-02-07 19:15

      Retiring only as a Captain on the 1 Day game. Still Captain of the Test Team

  • Haas Das - 2011-02-07 13:40

    "he is 33 years old and we have to be realistic". What has that got to do with anything? Ryan Giggs is 37, and he seems to be doing just fine without magically putting on the pounds, age is no excuse

  • knorpantoffel - 2011-02-07 13:41

    @ Bratt, Graeme Smith is an excellent player and captain. He is retiring after the world cup as captain. Then he will have to make the team on merit like all the others. (the other non-quota guys that is)

  • - 2011-02-07 13:42

    He was over weight and didn't play in a World Cup in his own country. This man has no self respect.

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-02-07 13:47

    I'm afraid to say but its all his fault. If he had listened to then his previous Manager at Blackburn, Big Sam to have special exercises he wouldnt have moved out of the club let alone left out of the World Cup squad. Listen to both the Managers, indeed Benni is a fantastic footballer with an eye for goals but do they really have to field him based on his past accolades? If he doesnt change his attitude quickly i'm afraid he'll end up cleaned out and yes he wont feel it immediately but will certainly in the long run. The person that needs change is himself and not the Manager or the club. I watched him play the other day when he came in as a substitute, he's really in good shape but every club had mandates and if you dont live by them obviously you'll get punished and we should also be aware that even he comes right below the stipulated requirement he wont just walk into the squad, he has to fight for his position. Having said this, but who said that hell is in heaven? Never, it is right here and thats exactly what Benni is facing right now, for all the million cries of South Africans when he thought he's big and didnt want to come play for the squad. My verdit is better he go play in the Campionship that way he'll get ample time of play. Ambitions can do strange things to others and can sometimes destroy our own lives...Be careful people!

  • Nintendo - 2011-02-07 14:00

    Benny Mc Donalds they should use him as their Mascot

  • Freddie - 2011-02-07 14:05

    @Flowingr77 No, not a dork, just someone with mental agility, who is also capable of using more than one system of measurement. Maybe it is in my genes, and maybe having an education helps. @nduk'zempi Maybe the Imperial System is “unscientific and quiet cumbersome to use, for advanced applications as in theoretical physics and other exact sciences”. But that is absolutely no reason to force people to use it for “none advanced applications as in theoretical physics and other exact sciences”! In the example under discussion, we are discussing the body weight of a human being, for crying out loud. As for the metric system being simpler, this is open to debate, because it forces people to use units of measure that are totally unsuitable for their job in hand. The beauty of the Imperial System is that it has units that are suitable for the job in hand. If you need a unit of linear measure, you can choose to use inches, feet, yards, chains, furlongs, or miles. Not to mention rods, poles and perches. Whereas in the Metric system there is only one unit of linear measure, the Metre. As a consequence users are forced to use multiples and fractions of this single unit. In most cases when Saffers refer to a ‘kilometre’ they don’t even realise that they are saying ‘a thousand metres’. Ask any car owner the MILAGE! of their car and they will answer in thousands of kilometres. If you refer to the correct term and use ‘mega metres’, most people won’t have a clue what you are talking about.

      DW - 2011-02-07 14:38

      Freddie, I got a distinction in maths and work every day with figures but I cannot understand why you would need to have "inches, feet, yards, chains, furlongs, miles, poles and perches" as different units of linear measure. What is wrong with a standard being used across all purposes? - metres and kilometres (or milimetres and centimetres) are all entirely appropriate to do any of these measurements. Why would you need a different type for different applications? I was born into a metric system in South Africa and have never needed any other system. I cannot understand your statement that the metric system is totally unsuitable for any job in hand at all.

      GeheimeJames - 2011-02-07 14:43

      Now thanks to Freddie@wikipedia.paste, we all now know why Binnie is so fat, it is because he prefers the Imperial system and not the Metric one and that is why the Quarter Pounder is referred to as the Royal with cheese in France. Thanks Freddie with your Levi genes.

  • gillian.hanna2 - 2011-02-07 14:30

    hey i dont claim to be a soccer fundi but Avram Grant is the Chelsea Manager and not the Hammers!!!! please correct me if i am wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Freddie - 2011-02-07 14:40

      He WAS the Chelsea manager, now he is the WHU manager.

      Joe - 2011-02-07 14:40

      You are unfortunately wrong. Avram is at West Ham, having left Chelsea some time ago. Hope that helps

      saynotoprawns - 2011-02-07 14:45

      Yes you are wrong.

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-07 15:11

      yes he wasn't a very good Chelsea manager.... but now he's a really crap West Ham manager

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-07 15:16

      yes he wasn't a very good Chelsea manager, but now he's a really crap West Ham manager

      corro51 - 2011-02-07 17:42

      You are indeed wrong. Jamer vir jou !

      lenand40 - 2011-02-07 19:17

      You are indeed wrong. He was fired long time ago

  • gillian.hanna2 - 2011-02-07 14:46

    i am shocked and disgusted and i work for the same media house, that the article is incorrect from beginning to end.... Avram Grant is not the manager for Hammers and has not been for a while... He is currently managing Chelsea ! I am also shocked that 14 men have commented before me and not one of them has picked this up! lol!!!!

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-07 15:33

      Gillian don't get ahead of yourself girl!! Avram left Chelsea around two years ago and joined Portsmouth as manager for a short spell successfully getting them relegated to the second devision (championship) last year. He then joined West Ham last year and is sticking with his trend of getting them relegated to the championship this year. and yes Benni IS a fatass!!

      Dros - 2011-02-07 16:06

      Hope you don't work for the Sports Department cos you made yourself look like a fool twice already.. c'mon - stick to the recipe section or something...

      Andy49 - 2011-02-07 17:20

      Oh dear Gillian, your Hanahana appears to have revealed your IQ, pull that hat down over your eyes, turn off the lights & leave the building.

      corro51 - 2011-02-07 17:46

      Ancelotti is gonna be pissed that Grant has got his job back ! (sarcastic)

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-07 18:01

      Gillian! Gillian! You go , girl.

      LUFC - 2011-02-07 19:18

      Hahah this cant be for real

      lenand40 - 2011-02-07 19:18

      Hope you do not work in the Sports Dept, because that would really be embarrassing for you and not them

      devils_advo - 2011-02-07 21:50

      Gees woman you are dof.... Chelsea, Portsmouth and then Hammers. Have you just woken up from a coma???

  • Eugene - 2011-02-07 15:51

    HAHA...fined for being fat ;-) Classic. I wonder what Graeme Smith would be fined? Bucket of KFC...

  • The_Truth - 2011-02-07 15:52

    Benny the buffoon

  • lenand40 - 2011-02-07 19:12

    Was it not Rob Moore that made McCarthy untouchable, often retiring when it suited him and making demands on SAFA? I hate to say I told you so, but McCarthy is paying for the arrogance of Rob Moore

  • LUFC - 2011-02-07 19:19

    McCarthy... seriously that is pathetic. Sort it out

  • James - 2011-02-07 21:48

    Who ate all the pies?

  • sasa - 2011-02-08 04:22

    I highly doubt Benni is complaining - his top football playing day's have long since passed. He is now paid R500k a week to sit front row at football games with a tub of Benni's and Jerry's and and an apple pie. I for one envy the B****rd! haha :) Can you think of a better job?

  • IandI - 2011-02-08 07:18

    Benny, how could you? That's enough money to buy you a big mac per day for the next 20 yrs, jirre!!

  • shocked - 2011-02-08 07:25

    Big Mac eating fatty!

  • michael - 2011-02-08 07:28

    thats all you black people thing about is bee

      brown_bread - 2011-02-08 07:47

      You dont make sense!

      Thato Kulima - 2011-02-08 19:18

      HUH? English please...

  • Amelam - 2011-02-08 07:53

    @Gary. You must be referring to soccer players. What about Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Gary Player, Bobby Locke, etc.

  • bar-one - 2011-02-08 08:16

    A true south african through and through

  • Johannes - 2011-02-08 10:52

    why can't benny call it a day,i mean he has surely made some bucks now & i think is time for him to come back home & have some franchise like Mcdonalds & no worries about weight loss & staff.kom aan budda dis now tyd om huis trek kom & eet all wat jy wil eet bra.

  • Pragmatist - 2011-02-08 11:06

    BEE backfire....

  • Pragmatist - 2011-02-08 11:08

    soccer players are over paid anyway, and the whole sport seems to be about cheating and dishonor... does any one actually care? Benny, come home, get a job and enjoy your life in our great country!

  • Mano.K - 2011-02-08 11:24

    Hi Benni, there is a team in SA that would gladly accept you with your potbelly my broer. Supersport United can do wth a prolific striker that you once was. Speak to Hunt and you will not be fined ever. Alternatively, dig in and do what is expected you. Mc'D and Kentucky will always be there bro. Manok

      tchivirira - 2011-02-08 15:21

      So Benny McCarthy must change his name to Benny Mafuta!....i think he will like the new name...may be he must dance with the Cheer Girls, tumbling his tummy - now like- 6 months pregnant - hoo !!!

      Lewis Botha - 2015-03-20 19:28

      Benni should hang up his boots

      Lewis Botha - 2015-03-20 19:31

      Benni should hang up his boots

  • Thandeka Cele - 2015-02-25 06:18

    Oh wow, Benni is 33 years old.....

  • Trevor Mkoko - 2015-03-09 17:52

    Any old story maar the comments of the readers. I just enjoy them

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