Tempers flared during Manchester United's match against Swansea on Sunday after Swan's defender Ashley Williams kicked the ball into Robin van Persie's head. Sir Alex Ferguson claims that the blow could have killed the striker and that Williams should be punished by the FA.
United's game against Swansea ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw for the visitors but the talking point after the game was the controversial clearance that Williams made straight into van Persie's head at point blank range. The Dutch striker had already been awarded a foul for being brought down just outside of the box and while van Persie was still on the ground, Williams kicked the ball directly at the forward's head. Van Persie shot up angrily confronting Williams and the referee. Williams and van Persie both wound up receiving yellow cards with many believing that Williams at least should have been shown a red.
Ferguson reacted angrily to William's kicked ball and believes van Persie could have been killed. Ferguson believes William's actions were deliberate and dangerous and thinks Williams should be banned for an extended period of time.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ferguson said, "The whistle has gone, the game is stopped and he's done that right in front of the referee. He could have really killed the lad. It's a disgraceful act. He should be banned for a long, long time. He could have been killed-the referee has got to look into it. Irrespective of him having a yellow card, he ought to be banned for a long time because that's the most dangerous thing I've seen on a football field for many, many years."
In actual fact, according to FA rules, no retrospective action can be taken against Williams due to his being booked by the referee. Williams told Sky Sports that he was trying to clear the ball away and hit van Persie by total accident. The Swan's defender claims he tried to apologize to the Dutch striker but that he was having none of it and they did not shake hands after the match.
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