Benni McCarthy has played down the touchline fracas that delayed the end of Cape Town City’s 3-2 Premiership victory over Maritzurg United on Saturday‚ saying he played peacemaker and likening United to a snapping dog trapped in a corner. But TV pictures of the fighting in the tunnel contradict McCarthy’s assertion as he rushed from his bench to join in the commotion and is seen with his hands around the neck of a member of the Maritzburg staff. His feisty temper and frequent run-ins with referees are tarnishing his golden image‚ even while his team excels on the pitch and remains in the hunt for Premiership and Nedbank Cup honours. Ugly scenes broke out in the dying minutes of the game following an altercation between City assistant coach Rayaan Jacobs and Maritzburg defender Rushine de Reuck after both had been sent off . Both benches were emptied as a scuffle broke out in the tunnel‚ with McCarthy in the mix as well‚ though he claims he was there to defuse the situation and belie...

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