Van Persie could have been killed! Furious Fergie calls on FA to BAN Swansea skipper Williams after booting ball at striker's head
17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012
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Outraged Sir Alex Ferguson has urged the FA to take action following Robin van Persie's clash with Swansea defender Ashley Williams which the Manchester United boss believes could have killed his striker.
Fergie fumed after Williams punted the ball into the back of the Van Persie's head while he lay prone on the floor during the clash at the Liberty Stadium.
The Dutchman reacted angrily and squared up to Williams with referee Michael Oliver electing to book both players.
After the match Ferguson said: 'The Van Persie situation you can clearly see that he could have been killed.
Lashing out: Floored Manchester United striker Robin van Persie feels the force of Ashley Willaims' kick
Ref rage: An angry Sir Alex Ferguson complains to fourth official Lee Probert after the incident
'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.'
Williams defended his actions following the match, claiming his attempted clearance wasn't meant to hit the United striker.
He said: 'I just cleared the
ball with frustration and unfortunately it hit him in the head and he
got a bit angry about it.
Seeing red: Van Persie leaps up to retaliate with Williams after the incident
Head-to-head: A furious Van Persie leaps up to vent his rage to Williams after the incident
Pulled apart: The pair had to be separated by their team-mates
'Everything got a bit heated but it was alright in the end.'
Patrice Evra had given the visitors a 16th minute lead before Michu equalised just before the half hour mark.
Ferguson was angry with Mr Oliver for not awarding his side a free-kick for what he thought was a foul on Van Persie in the build-up to what was Michu's 13th goal of the season.
'It was foul on van Persie, a clear foul,' he said. 'The referee had one of those days where we didn't get anything out of him.
'It was a shocking performance. I know he is a young referee but I was disappointed with that performance.'
In the book: Referee Michael Oliver booked Williams but Ferguson is calling for the defender to be banned, while Van Persie also received a yellow card for his part in the bust-up
Ferguson was less critical of his
players and felt they did more than enough to take claim the three
points which would have put them six points clear of rivals Manchester
City at the top of the table.
two points away really,' he added. 'We absolutely battered them. It was
a great performance in the second half. It is unbelievable we didn't
win the match.
'My only criticism is that the final ball at times let us down. “No criticism of the performance, it was very good.'