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EXTRA TIME: Benni McCarthy and fans react to Cape Town City vs. Maritzburg tunnel fight

23:18 EAT 26/02/2019
Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City
One of Bafana Bafana's most famous sons has been involved in a controversial incident over the weekend's Premier Soccer League action

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is seen in the thick of the action with his players rushing into the team tunnel and getting involved in a bust-up with Maritzburg United.

A number of McCarthy fans have come out in support of the FC Porto legend, but on the other hand he is also receiving his fair share of criticism.

One can read all the reaction on Twitter, with the highlights included below. As reported on Goal earlier in the day,  this is what enraged both teams at the end of the game.

"Things got heated when Rushine De Reuck went to fetch the ball on the Cape Town City bench only for one of the club officials to withhold it in an attempt to the delay the game. 

"At the time, the Citizens were leading 3-2 deep into stoppage time, and De Reuck wanted to resume play as soon as possible as his side was looking for a goal that would have salvaged a point for them. De Reuck then shoved the official but the City bench reacted angrily in retaliation and protested that the Maritzburg Utd player be given his second yellow which the referee did, resulting in a red card. 

"As the player left the pitch, the fourth official alerted the match referee that the Cape Town City official was also guilty and that also resulted in a dismissal. The two individuals took their fight to the tunnel, and the two benches rushed to intervene, with City head coach Benni McCarthy as well as Maritzburg United goalkeeper coach Ronnie Kananelo among those who went in to protect their own. However, it is unclear at this stage as to who started the fight between De Reuck and City's official in the tunnel."