Tinkler dismisses stupid Benni

2011-12-12 11:13

Johannesburg - Bidvest Wits assistant coach Eric Tinkler has broken his silence over the touchline scuffle with Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy over the weekend.

Bucs beat the Clever Boys 3-1 in the Telkom Knockout final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night, but the match was marred by controversy when Tinkler and McCarthy clashed at halftime.

In a post-match interview, McCarthy said Tinkler was "lucky" he didn't slap him.

Said McCarthy: "Eric Tinkler thought we were still team-mates in the national side, I even forgot that we played together in the national team. He tried to be smart so I had to put him in his place because when you as a player are getting pushed around left, right and centre by the opposing coaches, then me, I must defend myself. He is lucky I didn't slap him."

Speaking to, Tinkler has set the record straight and says McCarthy must be "professional" and let the matter rest.

"People are making a big thing out of something that don't deserve all the attention, you know," says the former South Africa international.

"What happened there was that at half-time Benni was having an argument with one of our players 'Zane' (Sipho) Mngomezulu. I tried to step in to try and separate them and Benni didn't like the fact that I touched him," Tinkler explains.

"He shoved me in the face and he swore at me. I swore at him and it didn't go any further than that. People are just making a big thing out of nothing," he says.

Tinkler is seemingly irked over McCarthy's utterances and hit back at Bafana's record scorer.

"Benni is being stupid about it; you know what I'm saying. That (that Benni could have slapped him) is being ridiculous. He wishes he could have slapped me! I don't wanna go into things like that. Obviously tempers were flaring at halftime you know and that's what you get. It is part of the game.

"People are gonna have banter on the field and you just have to be grown enough to accept it and move on or be more professional about it. Like I said he was having an argument with one of my players and I just tried to separate them and he just didn't like the fact that I touched him," Tinkler concludes.


  • Bart - 2011-12-12 11:36

    benni is an idiot

      Sibusiso - 2011-12-12 13:02

      benni is big fat idiot soon he will be out ,and we can wait to see him down people like him will fall like a bag of maize falling from the truck.

      amananga - 2011-12-12 16:49

      when Wits beat Pirates 3-1 on November 19, Tinkler and Roger de Sa were amused when their player (Ryan Chapman) made a mocking celebration infront of the Pirates supporters 2 times during the game as well as after,. I think Bennie should have slapped him indeed.

      Thabiso - 2011-12-14 13:39

      @Sibusiso, contrary to your wish, Benni was clever enough to ensure that he will not fall like a bag of maize long after he hangs his boots. I have never been a Benni fan, but your wish is just that, a wish!

  • Gregory - 2011-12-12 11:40

    Slap him? I think the Banyana team would punch, but he would slap? Oh dear..................

      chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 13:23

      a slap is intended for bad / inappropriate behaviour. What benni could be saying is that eric should of known better and act proper. I reiterate "a member of the opposing coaching staff should not lay hands on him. Period! " Should have grabbed his own player, but his intention WAS to rile Benni up.

      chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 13:34

      ie. slap is not meant to hurt. slap (on the wrist) is meant to "teach". slap on the wrist to persuade a lil child to stay away from fire.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-12 11:59

    Banana Bennie, a has-been who thinks he's the sh%$#&t...grow up you old fart and make way for REAL talent.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-12 13:19

      real talent?? Who?? You don't even know who Bennie is...

      calvin.nchabeleng - 2011-12-12 15:27

      @John, Buffona Buffona with beer bottle in your ear, the grey stuff is soaky neh??

      Shoosh - 2011-12-12 16:31

      @PointBlank - Display name: PointBlank About Me: I hate stupid people... Guess you must hate yourself as well plonker, what a stupid comment to make without any foundation.

  • Razz - 2011-12-12 12:19

    Be acreful Eric, Benni is a 28 from the Cape Flats.

  • charles.mabe - 2011-12-12 12:41

    Benni you think your better than everyone boy.. you must grow up. it is just a matte of time you will be out of the game.

      sphasman - 2011-12-12 13:07

      Hi Charles,negotiate the amalgamation of Kaizer Wits FC

  • chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 13:17

    Why is it that Tinkler can set the record straight? For all Benni's nuances, a member of the opposing coaching staff should not lay hands on him. Period! "Set the record straight" and apologize ! You should have grabbed ur own player.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-12 13:20

      Yup, as Tinkler said there will be banter - can his own players not handle the situation for themselves, why sis he have to step in? Tinkler screwed up when he got in the way of match banter... coaches must stay out of it!@

      ElKapino - 2011-12-13 06:47

      u knw y u got more thumbs down - coz Tinkler is WHITE and Bennie is not and above all he is pirate... u r right broer

  • Dennis - 2011-12-12 13:35

    Benni, you are still an egotistical and mildly skilled over the hill sokka(you cannot play football) player with an enormous chip on your shoulder !!

      chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 14:03

      hahaha (Football ) playa haterz!!! maybe its that you guys were just tooooo scared to play football - you guys prob only played HOME games and forfeited those outside ur SAFEty gates.

      Peter - 2011-12-12 14:54

      Thats not a chip on his shoulder its a rock just like the rest of south african sportsmen

  • Raeez - 2011-12-12 13:47

    Happy to hear that Benni lost that pathetic English accent of his...

      Peter - 2011-12-12 14:56

      now he sounds just like a normal sef afiken jerk

  • David - 2011-12-12 13:53

    This kind of comments do not improve standard of football in the country. As a coach, Tinkler and Wits technical team shopulds have known better. Maybe they should be reminded that it is this kind of faux pas from soccer officials that ignited fire in the 70's when people were killed for being in colours of a wrong team, at the wrong place and at the wrong time. With our ganme having advance sofar, surely we do not need this kind of comments and from officials, nogal?! Tinkler and De Sa must show leadership as their conduct must be rebuked and roundly condemned by all soccer lov ing people.

  • epasane - 2011-12-12 14:00

    Leave Benni alone; Pirates won nufsaid!! GET OVER IT!!!

  • John - 2011-12-12 14:10

    Da Sa asked Benni if he is "paid by the kilo" hahahaha. This is what drove Benni over the top. All very childish on both sides.

  • Bongani - 2011-12-12 14:29

    Why were coaches from opposing team insulting a player. Surely calling Bennie all kinds of names does not make anyone clever. Who can be insulted and keep quiet. come one people.

      Jimmy - 2011-12-12 15:11

      He wasn't insulting him, he just didn't share his KFC, and Benni had been eyeing him and his 21 peice bucket from the beginning of the game :)

  • Washington - 2011-12-12 14:39

    Stupid footballers just more brawn than brains!!

      Peter - 2011-12-12 14:57

      You said it just like south african sportsmen no brains, just moaning all the time

  • Thabang - 2011-12-12 14:52

    tinkler is trying hard to be an innocent guy here ,using nice words like being professional,why did he touch bennie,he should have just pull his player from that situation, that will be professional.

  • etienne.kruger1 - 2011-12-12 15:02

    Nothing like a bit of slap and tickle on the soccer field. Now try the same thing with Bakkies Botha...

      Suren - 2011-12-13 08:00

      the beast should slap bakkies. shame maybe benni should play rugby . maybe the springboks would have won the worl cup. maybe the nats would still be in government. maybe the free state and Transvall would belong to whites. maybe some colonel De la Ray would come back. maybe..maybe..maybe

  • mukonak - 2011-12-12 15:32

    Very mature and professional Tinkler , keep the you . It will take you far :)

  • lesegomatinki.magolego - 2011-12-12 16:03

    I even forgot that we played together in the national team..Lma0.....

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-12-12 17:20

      With a team so close they forget who their teamates are, no wonder they perform so poorly.

  • cassimnova - 2011-12-12 16:04

    go benni

  • cassimnova - 2011-12-12 16:04

    go benni-they cant keep a legend down

  • Kevin - 2011-12-12 16:08

    Careful Benni...Tinkler will own you with a serious bitch slap!!!OH yes and you're too fat,ugly and dof too run away.....

      Welton - 2011-12-13 07:58

      you do sound pretty dof too

  • Peter - 2011-12-12 16:14

    Perfect response Eric, don't lower yourself to the little brat's level, he is just playing to the crowd which is very unprofessional and childish.

  • VRalph - 2011-12-12 16:31

    So many comments , I wonder how many of you know anything about soccer

  • Warren - 2011-12-12 16:31

    benni you a waste of space china, you always let us down with your bad attitude, all talent no brains.

  • Warren - 2011-12-12 16:32

    all talent no brains. once again you let people down mac, time for another big mac

  • Brent - 2011-12-12 16:40

    with all of that talent and opertunity - this? this is what he amounts to?

  • Mpho - 2011-12-12 17:01

    Benni is the man! Eric is a has been!

  • Chad - 2011-12-12 18:55

    Benni!! Haha you fat slob! You couldn't slap your way out of a McDonalds paper bag you half wit!

  • renecia.wilson - 2011-12-12 23:24

    Honestly..I think most of you are just jealous of Benni...why call him all these names, doesn't make you such a professional in soccer than a spectator!!! Once a buccaneer always a buccaneer... X FACTOR

  • Su - 2011-12-13 06:41

    Childish, childish. Tut tut. I thought Benni left his ego overseas when he was dismissed. Seems not.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-13 07:46

    Benni, why don't you join Mooooolema and his morons? Together you could win all eating contests on a national and maybe even global level! Was Eric Tnkler trying to hide your pies? I hope you ran to mommy so she could comfort you. Here is a suggestion: Change your diet and eat doughnuts. They are less fattening, because of the hole in the middle!

  • Suren - 2011-12-13 07:55

    yes honkies benni would slap him. sadly the baas metality always lingers. this is 2011 not 1911

  • karabo.mdodi - 2011-12-13 08:50

    both of them shud have been professional about the whole thing and they were not. Calling people names is not going to make any difference, can we all move on?? Pirates won, done.

  • Tebza - 2011-12-13 09:02


  • Mantombi - 2011-12-13 12:12

    To all of you calling Benni names, you are so unproffessional. You sound like you really hate Benni, and personally. It's not about soccer, it's like you have personal issues with him. Nobody plays soccer or is a sportsperson forever. If Benni can still play, let him play. I wonder if he had slapped Tinkler, how angry would you all have been. I would also have helped him put them in their places. Well done, Benni.

  • Sangquthu - 2011-12-13 14:10

    Yhohhh if Benni wud slap you for just touching him i wonder what he wud do to you if you ate his Pies and Fries! lOl

  • denzil.williams - 2011-12-13 15:09

    To all you Bennie haters , get a off your fat back sides and get a life , he achieved what the most of you can only dream of .Dont project you lousy life on him . Most of you can probliy only affored to buy one pie , where he can buy the shop with his pocket change .

  • denzil.williams - 2011-12-13 15:11

    to all you bennie haters , get a life , he cant help it you cant afford to eat .

  • John - 2011-12-13 15:53

    Bennie was angry because Eric touched his breast!

      wmatinyana - 2011-12-13 17:00


  • bplupiya - 2011-12-14 10:38

    just coz he is winning cup with pirates doesnt mean he is back in form.he's still a fat boy and if he wants to prove me wrong he must take a flight back to the EPL.... he is playing for Pirates simply because he doesnt deserve to be playing anywhere else in the world but Soweto.. screw him.

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