Kateregga, Masoud coach defended on touchline spat

Kateregga, Masoud coach defended on touchline spat

25 Jan, 16:42

Cape Town City will stand by their coach Benni McCarthy should the PSL charge him for indecent behaviour during their derby clash against Ajax Cape Town.

McCarthy was incensed when his counterpart called for a yellow card to be given to City substitute Kwanda Mngonyama but match officials allowed him on the field before the player he was replacing Craig Martin came off. Now City boss John Comittis has assured the coach of his support should he be charged.

"Well, we'll have to deal with it, and we'll have to defend it on the basis that it wasn't done fairly. I have no problem with what Benni has done. If he does anything for himself then I will start questioning it but this is... he is protecting his players," Commitis said.

Player Protection?

"In fact he says to me that Muhsin was screaming that both players should get a yellow card, Martin included. What's Martin's fault then? That he was supposed to come off? He wasn't even aware yet that he was being substituted, he was trying to make sure that.I think if Martin got a card it would have been a second yellow. So he [McCarthy] is reacting in protecting his players. I understand that's not the best way to do it but in the heat of the moment, in a derby, and the pressure that's on... these things happen and we are not happy about it, but we understand," he added.

Both Masoud Juma and Allan Kateregga joined McCarthy at City. The later left Kariobangi Sharks and the former terminated his contract with AFC Leopards in December 13th, 2017.

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