Sir Alex Ferguson has angrily claimed that Swansea City captain Ashley Williams could have killed Manchester United striker Robin van Persie by powerfully kicking the ball against the Dutchman’s head during the 1-1 draw between the sides, the
Williams denied he intentionally struck van Persie with the ball, insisting that he was attempting to clear the ball from the penalty area and could not avoid hitting van Persie, who was on the ground after a challenge by another Swansea player. Michael Oliver, the referee, had blown his whistle for a foul on van Persie moments before Williams’ kick hit van Persie.
Ferguson however called for a long ban for Williams, rejecting the suggestion that the incident was accidental and claiming that van Persie could have suffered a broken neck. The incident led to a scuffle between both sides, with Williams booked for the original offence and van Persie cautioned for his reaction.
“With the van Persie situation, you can see clearly that he could have been killed. [Williams] should be banned for a long time because that was the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field for many years,” Ferguson said.
The manager added: “It was absolutely deliberate – the whistle has gone, the game has stopped and he has done that right in front of the referee. He could have been killed, the lad. It was a disgraceful act by their player.”
Patrice Evra had earlier given United the lead but Michu levelled for the home side, with the result meaning United hold a four-point advantage at the top of the table from their nearest challengers Manchester City. Swansea are 11th.
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