No punishment for RVP kick

2012-12-26 11:13

London - Swansea defender Ashley Williams will not face a Football Association charge after Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson slammed the Wales star for kicking the ball into Robin van Persie's head.

VIDEO: Ashley Williams kicks ball at Robin van Persie's head

Williams earned a stinging rebuke from Ferguson after Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium following the second half clash with van Persie.

The United forward was lying prone on the turf following a foul when Williams kicked the ball into the back of the Dutchman's head.

Ferguson called on the Football Association to ban the Swansea centre-back, who was booked for the incident by referee Michael Oliver.

"He (van Persie) could have been killed. Williams should be banned for a long time, Ferguson said.

"It was absolutely deliberate. The whistle has gone, the game has stopped and he has done that right in front of the referee. It was a disgraceful act."

But it is believed the FA will not instigate disciplinary procedures against the 18-year-old, who denied malicious intent.

Meanwhile, Williams was backed by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who was his boss at Swansea until the end of last season.

"I think more has been made of it than what it actually was," Rodgers said.

"When you slow it down and look at it 20 times it does not look good for Ashley.

"But I know the player well and it is just that split-second when you can see he is trying to clear the ball and unfortunately hits van Persie right on the back of his head.

"Of course, it looks dangerous but knowing Ashley he won't have meant it, knowing his character that won't have been intentional."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who signed Williams for Swansea in 2008, admitted he could understand Ferguson's reaction but did not believe the player acted out of malicious intent.

"If you see one of your players with a bang on the back of the head it is really dangerous and it can have bad consequences. You can understand that," Martinez said.

"I signed Ashley Williams for Swansea and I know his character inside out. I can guarantee you without even looking at the incident that he is not a nasty footballer.

"He is a winner and fully committed, a leader and a captain. When you sign a player you find out about a player and I can guarantee you he is not the type of footballer who would do that on purpose."


  • niekie.vanheerden - 2012-12-26 12:10

    This is so typical of the useless, good for nothing FA! If it was Rooney doing the same thing he would have been banned for months! Time for the old FA greyheads to step down and make place for a young, new generation who can actually see with their own eyes! This is absolutely useless!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-12-26 12:11

    this ruling is absurd, you could see the malice and intent on his face as he lined up the kick!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-26 12:30

    Ag shame

  • Dtenza - 2012-12-26 12:37

    He is 28 not 18.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-26 12:38

    Wonder what they would have ruled if RVP had been paralyzed by the incident. Could this be the end justifying ruling? No damage therefore no sanction? I believe that the FA has just set a dangerous precedent.

  • gilmorerunganom1 - 2012-12-26 12:47

    fergie u are overeacting,the game was very tense u are not happy with result end of story.

  • corbin.alexander - 2012-12-26 12:47

    So if Any United player assaults another and if u look at it over and over again it looks like assault but we say we know his nature and assault is not in his nature we should let him off scot free. Time to try this in the game today. Precedent has now been set.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 14:17

      Nice comment! Should make them think a bit. Vinny Jones had such a sweet nature. Wouldn't hurt a fly.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 14:42

      Joey Barton also comes to mind. He certainly is not malicious by nature, even if he does happen to break someone's leg.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-26 13:37

    Sir Alex should look back at some of the almost career ending tackles his own players have made over the years that he has said were "unintentional" before shouting his mouth off.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 13:59

      Perhaps you can mention a few?

      originaljm - 2012-12-26 14:58

      Exactly! These are all typical man utd douche bags who have nothing better to do than bitch about how life is so unfair toward them. How many deicisions go man utds way????!!!!! Time for you all to put a sock in it.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-26 16:56

      Sure joe-smit : Roy Keane on Alfe-Inge Haaland (Man City) - ended his career! Roy Keane on Neil Pointon (Oldham) Roy Keane on Keiran Dyer (Newcastle), Roy Keane on Fernando Torres (when Torres was at Liverpool). Paul Scholes on Xabi Alonso (Liverpool 2007), Paul Scholes on Darren Gibson (Everton opening match of 2012/13 season) Eric Cantona - various, including a kung-fu kick to a fan. Need I go on?

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 17:02

      Tx. Ferret. And seen as you seem to be able to highlight the faults of MU players, so Ferguson has the right to express his views.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-26 17:08

      Joe, You asked me to mention a few and I did. Ferguson is forever conveniently overlooking his own players misgivings. Whilst he is the most successful manager in English Football and I respect him for that, I get tired of his continual rants. Pot, Kettle and Black come to mind!

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 17:24

      They all rant when it suites them, Martin. It's part of the games managers play. Next time United play, the opposition will think twice about even tackling. Some managers can take gamesmanship to another level. It's maybe, what makes, one manager better than another. Is any other occupation any different?

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-26 18:02

      Look Jo, I'm all for gamesmanship, but Fergusons call for a life ban was ludicrous.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-26 18:21

      About as bad as his half-time rants against Newcastle. And I support MUFC. But I'll go with what you say. He does get carried away.

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-26 21:18

    This old man has turned to be a cry baby the FA decision is final

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-26 21:19

    This old man has turned to be a cry baby the FA decision is final

  • colin.johnson.5264382 - 2012-12-27 00:37

    Old whiskey face Fergie should look at his own players who over the past 20 years have tackled with the intention of ending players careers. Roy Keane and kung fu Cantona to name a few. Of the current lot, Johnny Evans seems to be the pick of the bunch with his two footed tackles that most referees miss in most games. Any Manure fan knows how lucky this average player is to get away with his tackles week in, week out. Fergie, clean your own house first you clown!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-27 10:42

      LOL, ha.yiii sure give Collins some bells**old whisky face Fergie**

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-27 10:40

    On which head did they kick the ball to!

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-12-27 11:38

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