Ferguson wants Williams “banned for long time” after RVP incident
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims his coveted star Robin van Persie could have been killed by the insanely reckless behavior of Swansea skipper Ashley Williams. Robin van Persie was struck in the head with a ball from a strike by Ashley Williams after the referee had stopped play because of a foul.
The match at Liberty Stadium took an ugly turn when Ashley Williams lost his cool and cleared-off the ball in anger after the referee blew his whistle for a foul. The ball struck the head of unaware Robin van Persie, who immediately attempted to confront Ashley Williams for his out-of-line attitude.
Tensions were running at an all-time high as the match ended at a 1-1 draw. Players from both sides could have easily created an ugly scene, but somehow players from both sides refrained from bringing more controversy to the field.
Sir Alex Ferguson asked the Football Association to review the whole scenario. Match referee Michael Oliver took action for the incident in the match by showing yellow cards to both Robin van Persie and Ashley Williams. However, Sir Alex Ferguson wants the latter to pay dearly.
The Old Trafford boss believes Ashley Williams’ actions were “absolutely deliberate” which is why he should be punished severely by FA.
“The whistle has gone, the game is stopped and he's done that right in front of the referee,” Sir Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “He could have really killed the lad. It's a disgraceful act. He should be banned for a long, long time.”
According to the Football Association they cannot take action on the matter as the match referee has already dealt with the matter. Had the referee missed the event or let both players off the hook the FA could have stepped in.
“He could have been killed - the referee has got to look into it,” Sir Alex Ferguson said urging the FA took look into the matter. “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.”
Meanwhile, Ashley Williams is trying to downplay the incident. In his post-match interview to Sky Sports the Swansea City defender admitted he cleared the ball angrily but meant to do no harm.
“I tried to clear the ball. It hit him on the head,” Ashley Williams said. “I was trying to clear the ball. He was obviously a bit angry about that. It was a much ado about nothing.”
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup jumped to the defense of his captain against remarks from Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I did not see it at the time as there were a lot of players involved, but I saw it afterwards. I don't think he (Ferguson) meant literally killing him,” Michael Laudrup said.
“Things happen in a game and I am sure Ashley and Van Persie shook hands at the final whistle and we move on. When your pulse is on 180 then you can say things during the game you don't mean but then afterwards it is back to normal.”