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Ashley Williams plays down van Persie row

By lssport  |  Posted: December 23, 2012

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ASHLEY Williams has played down the incident which left Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saying  Robin van Persie "could have been killed".

Ferguson accused Swansea City captain  Williams of deliberately kicking a ball at the striker's head from close range in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

But Williams, who had an impressive game as Swansea held on for a point, said: "I tried to clear the ball, it hit him on the head. I was trying to clear the ball.

"He was obviously a bit angry about that.

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"It was a much ado about nothing."

With van Persie falling to the ground after he was fouled on the edge of the area, Williams cleared the ball into the back of the Dutchman's head from close range.

Ferguson was furious tough action was not taken by the referee and has called on the Football Association to ban the Wales international.

"The Van Persie situation, you can clearly see that he could have been killed," Ferguson said on Sky Sports News.

"The FA has got to look into it regardless that he has been given a yellow card. He should be banned for a long time because that was the most dangerous thing I've seen on a football field for many years.

"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 killed the lad.

"It was a disgraceful act by the player, he should banned for a long time."

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  • mahatmacoat  |  December 24 2012, 6:35AM

    SAF has always had at least one thug in his side. Robbo. Bruce. Pallister. Sparky.Ince. Cantona and of course Scholes. RVP got up immediately and swung his handbag after being sruck by a football. SFA says it is one of the worse things he has seen on a pitch. Doesn't he remember when his Captain Roy Keane deliberately destroyed the knee of Alf Inge Harllan and put an end to his career. SFA was blowing smaoke out of his ass to distract from the inability of Messrs Rooney & RVP to get through Chico & Ash.

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  • Hadoken84843  |  December 24 2012, 3:27AM

    Also if there is no bias towards swansea, why did someone feel compelled to tell people when ryan giggs come on that he was born in cardiff. I really hope cardiff blow it again this year. Also funny how swansea appeared TWICE as the first game in rown on MOTD when they lost and many times when they win, they are the last. Next season I am going to create a dossier of all the things I believe are injustices and make a video of them and stick it on youtube, followeded by a giant banner outside of BBC wales in CARDIFF so no one can miss it.

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  • divingtulip  |  December 24 2012, 3:14AM

    we were unlucky not to win we out played them for 90min and Ferguson didn,t have the ref on is side .what should have come out of is mouth , we might have got beat by a better team but no he makes a fool of himself by making that comment like that... well done lads..

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  • Hadoken84843  |  December 24 2012, 2:53AM

    Gotta laugh at Fergie, He kicked a football boot at david beckhams face in the changing room and beckham had to have stiches just above his eye. http://tinyurl.com/cpse3ls He also made Roy Keane his captain, a player who went on to commit a number of insane fouls, at least one of which ended another guys career. http://tinyurl.com/yjwor85 And who can forget when Cantona did a karate kick into the crowd. http://tinyurl.com/64rwoe4 Also last weekend michu was kinda knocked out, the ref did not even stop the game. Its seems no matter what swansea do, there is always an excuse and a dark force to try and divert it. The only thing we can do is keep getting better and bigger as a club until they cannot ignore us. So many good performances today.. Vorm Ashley Kemy are my three men of the match, Leo was not to blame for the goal, the gap to the right of him was small, he was simply trying to maximise his cover area and he has saved our bacon on the line more times than I care to remember. I admire alex ferguson as a manager, but behind it all is a petulant bully who uses his godfather status in football to manipulate things. A superb 1 point, lets try and get at least 3 more against fullham and reading, they are both in a bad place at the moment.

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  • RobertC  |  December 24 2012, 1:41AM

    Ferguson - "van Persie could have been killed" ..... and maybe your comments could have caused multiple deaths from laughing too much.

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  • RobertC  |  December 24 2012, 1:00AM

    Ferguson is the one who should be banned, for being unable to speak intelligible English.

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  • DanEGraig  |  December 23 2012, 11:18PM

    I think Fergie has lost the plot. What about that disgraceful two footed tackle with studs showing on Ben Davies by United's Jones in the first half. Jones should have been straight red carded ! Trying to end a young lad's career, Fergie must be so proud of the way they play. Ha Ha. They are past it. Too many times they coud only stop us breaking away with cynical tackles and then, fancy bringing on Scholes and Giggs, to add pace Ha Ha. Geriatrics rule okay.

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  • perthswan_wa  |  December 23 2012, 10:53PM

    What pathetic comments Ferguson. Signs of already cracking with Man C breathing down your neck, and it's still only Xmas. What confidence does that instil in your players & supporters. Our Swans, fantastic once again. Well done boys and Ml. Merry Xmas to all. Go Swans.

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  • f1jackarmy  |  December 23 2012, 10:34PM

    ferguson is an absolute disgrace . His comments are just a pathetic attempt to deflect attention away for his teams inability to win today. He clearly thinks he can just say what he wants with no consequence . Tha fa should insist he apologises for his dreadful comments. Fair play to RVP though , for a man who was half dead on the field he got up very quickly to confront williams . Great recovery powers there robin. One of the worst acts hes ever seen on a football field ? Really sir alex ? Oh not forgetting eric cantona's flying kick on a supporter and roy keane's despicable, career ending assault toward alf inge haaland . What a hypocritical ,red faced, whisky swilling cretin!!!!

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  • cresswell1  |  December 23 2012, 10:03PM

    you thick lot yet again you lose 2 points at home, Ashley williams is scum, he should have been sent off, bu when you pay the ref, there is no chance. Swansea was very lucky today.

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