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McCarthy to pay for ill-discipline? 20/02/04
The eagerly anticipated clash between two of South Africa's most famous footballing  exports, Benni McCarthy and Quinton Fortune in the UEFA Champions league next week may be off following McCarthy's disciplinary problems at FC Porto.

McCarthy, who has been on top of his game for his Portuguese club has been relegated to the reserve team by his coach, Jose after he decided to celebrate his girlfriend's birthday a little bit too far.

He went to the Spanish city of  Vigo and was seen partying into the early hours of the morning - just two days before his club's crucial game against arch rivals Benfica.

McCarthy was still allowed to play in the Benfica match, but failed to score and was substituted in the second half.

This his third consecutive game without scoring after having found the back of the net 13 times this season.

McCarthy was expected to lead the attack next Wednesday when FC Porto play against Manchester United in the knockout stage of the UEFA Championship, but this is in serious doubt after his discretion.

Since making their respective moves to Europe, McCarthy and Fortune have not squared up to each other - in fact the only time the two Cape Town players ever came face to face on a soccer field was  the last time the two played on the opposite teams was when they were just 11 years old.

This was when McCarthy was playing for his neighborhood club, Hanover, while Fortune was representing an Athlone under 11 side.

If McCarthy doesn't play on Wednesday night, it will be a huge blow to him because he always had ambitions to play in England and this match would have been an ideal opportunity to showcase his talents.


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