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McCarthy robbed at gunpoint in South African barbers

Former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has been robbed at gunpoint at a barber shop in South Africa.

McCarthy played at Blackburn for four years. Credit: PA

The ex-South Africa international was targeted in the shop in Johannesburg, where armed men stole jewellery from him, according to his agent.

Percy Adams said one man pointed a gun at McCarthy's face and demanded his watch, earrings and wedding ring.

Adams told Eyewitness News that McCarthy was not hurt and other customers were not targeted in the incident.

McCarthy, who won the 2004 Champions League with Porto, is South Africa's record goal-scorer and played in Spain and Portugal as well as England, where he also had a spell with West Ham.

South Africa goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery near Johannesburg last year. Police are still investigating.


Blackburn late show is trouble for Millwall

Jordan Rhodes netted late on. Credit: PA

Millwall's hopes of Championship survival were dealt a huge blow after two late goals were enough to give Blackburn Rovers a 2-0 win.

Rudy Gestede's sumptuous volley in the 78th minute finally broke the deadlock for Rovers and substitute Jordan Rhodes settled it in injury time, catching an increasingly desperate Millwall side on the break.

Blackburn boss Bowyer ridicules Liverpool crisis talk

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer says the idea that Liverpool are in the middle of a crisis is 'ridiculous'.

The two clubs face each other in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, with the Premier League side coming off the back of two defeats.

Gary Bowyer will come up against Brendan Rodgers on Wednesday night. Credit: PA

"I think it's ridiculous that after losing two games, the team that was hailed prior to those two games as being the best in the Premier League - which they were at the time with the football they were playing - then comes in for that," he said.

"Brendan Rodgers has done an unbelievable job, he doesn't need me telling him. But that's just the world we live in now - it's crazy."


Rodgers: Liverpool will give Blackburn the same respect as Man City

Liverpool face Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to avoid the kind of mistakes which have seen many top sides falter in the FA Cup as he eyes a place in the semi-finals.

The Reds head into the weekend as favourites for the competition after fellow big guns Manchester United and Arsenal were drawn together in the last eight.

Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn visit Anfield on Sunday and while Rovers are 25 places below their hosts Rodgers insists they will be treated the same as Manchester City - second in the Premier League - were last weekend.

"They got their first league win away from home in four months in the week (at Sheffield Wednesday) but we will give them the same respect we would give Manchester City or any other team," said the Liverpool boss.

"It is a big game. We made it clear our intent in this competition was to get to the final and win it and to do that you have to beat different types of teams and Blackburn will come and look to make it difficult for us.

"I think (Rovers manager) Gary Bowyer has done an outstanding job since he has gone in there.

"He's had a similar pathway to myself in terms of working in youth development so he understands football clubs from the top to the bottom.

"He has gone in there in very difficult circumstances and stabilised the club and got everyone on the same path and has done an outstanding job."

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