Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy says striker Kermit Erasmus was provoked ahead of his red card against Highlands Park on Tuesday night‚ and believes it is a tactic opposition teams use to unsettle his side. Craig Martin cancelled out a Tendai Ndoro goal to earn a point for City that is unlikely to keep them in the title race. But the major talking point will be the red card for Erasmus after 20 minutes‚ as he landed a kick on Highlands captain Mothobi Mvala when the ball was dead‚ and was deservedly sent to the stands by referee Eugene Mdluli. While McCarthy admits it was a “stupid reaction” after Mvala had picked up the ball to prevent a quick free-kick‚ he also believes there was a targeting of Erasmus by the visitors. “Kermit … a stupid reaction‚ but he was provoked I would say. But then you bite and leave your team with 10 men‚” the coach said. “Up until he got provoked and got sent-off‚ he was sensational. They couldn’t handle him and that was the only way they could ...

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