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Monday 21 August 2017

'Clearance'could have killed RVP -- Ferguson

Swansea City defender Ashley Williams insisted he had tried to apologise to Robin van Persie for an unintentional clearance into his head (above) which left a furious Alex Ferguson declaring that the player was a "disgrace" and that he could have broken the Dutchman's neck.

"It is his opinion," Williams said. "I obviously cleared the ball and it hit him on the head. I understand why he is angry. I tried to apologise but there wasn't much time. I didn't see him afterwards and obviously I would shake his hand (if I had the chance) but it is no big deal. I just lashed at the ball and I understand why he is angry but it is not like I am going to shoot and hit him square on the head."

Ferguson's fury compounded his feelings of injustice on an afternoon when he alluded to 27-year-old referee Michael Oliver's youth in condemnation of his officiating.

Ferguson implied Williams should have been sent off after his 74th-minute clearance struck the grounded striker in a crowded area, as United pushed for a winner.

"Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player and he should be banned by the FA," the United manager said. "Robin could have had a broken neck."

Ferguson also felt that there had been a foul on one of his players in the build-up to Michu's equalising goal, for which his defence left the striker unmarked to score.

"The Van Persie situation you can clearly see that he could have been killed," Ferguson added.

"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 be banned for a long time. Robin is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player."

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