Fergie wants Williams banned

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called on the FA

to ban Swansea’s Ashley Williams for kicking the ball at Robin van

Persie’s head.

The centre-half’s clearance hit a prone Van Persie at

point-blank range during United’s 1-1 draw in south Wales,

prompting an angry response from the Dutchman.

Williams – booked at the time – afterwards insisted it was a

complete accident, but a simmering Ferguson claimed Van Persie

could have been killed and called the act “absolutely


He told Sky Sports: “I think the FA has got to look into it.

Irrespective of him having a yellow card he should be banned for a

long, long time. It’s the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a

football field for many, many years.

“(It was) absolutely deliberate. the whistle’s gone, the game

has stopped and he’s done that a foot from the player. He could

have killed the lad – it’s a disgraceful act and he should be

banned for a long, long time.”

Williams 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. It was a much ado about nothing.”

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