Fergie demands Williams ban

Swansea defender Ashley WilliamsManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the FA should punish Swansea defender Ashley Williams for kicking the ball at Robin van Persie’s head during their 1-1 Premier League draw.

The centre-back’s attempted clearance struck the Dutchman, who was on the ground following a challenge, with the whistle having already been blown.

Williams was booked for his part in the incident, but Ferguson believes he deserves greater punishment for his “deliberate” act:

“I think the FA has got to look into it. Irrespective of him having a yellow card he should be banned for a long, long time.” The Scot told Sky Sports after the game.

“It’s the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field for many, many years.

“(It was) absolutely deliberate. The whistle’s gone, the game has stopped and he’s done that a foot from the player.

Fergie went on to suggest that van Persie was lucky to escape without injury:

“He could have killed the lad – it’s a disgraceful act and he should be banned for a long, long time.”

Williams played down the incident, claiming that it was purely accidental:

“I tried to clear the ball it hit him on the head. I was trying to clear the ball. He was obviously a bit angry about that. It was a much ado about nothing.”

United took the lead through Patrice Evra, before Michu levelled with a close range finish.