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Benni slams Porto fans 09/12/04
Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy has blasted his club FC Porto's supporters for their racial chants during their 2-1 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

A section of the Porto crowd aimed their chants at Blues striker Didier Drogba and defender William Gallas at the Dragao Stadium.

Despite UEFA confirming conceding that they will not be taking any action against the Portuguese champions, McCarthy still vented his anger at the supporters.

"In this life people have to grow up a little bit, and I don't see why people make those kind of noises," he told Standard Sport.

"They do it to one black player. But our team also has black players, so we feel it too. People need to be more mature and think about these issues.

"We all want a better world, and these things can start on the football field. We should show respect for all people whether they are a black guy, a white guy, Indian, yellow or blue or whatever."

McCarthy admitted that he was ashamed by the behaviour of the 'stupid' fans and insists that the racial chants affects him as well.

"It makes me angry that my own supporters could do these things. I take it as well and am no different from Drogba or any other black player," he added.

"If they make those remarks to other black players they make them to me as well. I am not a white man - don't they understand?

"There are a lot of stupid people at Porto, but if we make a big deal out of it things will get even worse.

"I just try to forget about it and play like it doesn't exist. I'm not going to stress myself over these stupid people."

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