This Robin Van Persie Ashley Williams incident ( VIDEO BELOW) during Swansea’s 1-1 draw vs Manchester United on December 23, 2012 had United manager Sir Alex Ferguson accusing the Welsh skipper of “almost killing” the star Dutch forward and calling for a lengthy ban to be imposed.
Video- Ashley Williams smashes ball into RVP’s head- Swansea 1 Man Utd 1
Van Persie had been fouled on the edge of the Swansea box and earned a free kick. Defender Williams, who slammed the ball into the back of RVP’s head from point blank range, said that he had been aiming to clear the ball, but Van Persie clearly didn’t think so as he moved to confront of the centre back. It lead to a mini scuffle that saw referee Oliver yellow card both players.
This is what Ferguson had to say
In the van Persie situation you can clearly see that he could have been killed. The FA has got to look into it regardless of the fact 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 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
Williams claimed it was not intentional and his manager Michael Laudrup shrugged off the incident saying that he was sure the two players had shook hands and made up.