Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has called for Swansea defender Ashley Williams to be banned for a very long time, following his assault on Robin van Persie. Ashley smashed the ball into the back of Robin’s head from less than a yard away and Sir Alex insists that it could have killed him.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Ferguson explained, “Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player. He should be banned by the FA. Robin could have had a broken neck.”
Sir Alex also told Sky Sports, “With the Van Persie situation, you can clearly see that he could have been killed. 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.”
He added, “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.”
The game between Manchester United and Swansea ended in a 1-1 draw, which keeps Manchester United 4 points clear at the top of the Premier League, ahead of fierce rivals Manchester City.