Ashley Williams plays down van Persie row
ASHLEY Williams has played down the incident which left Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saying Robin van Persie "could have been killed".
Ferguson accused Swansea City captain Williams of deliberately kicking a ball at the striker's head from close range in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
But Williams, who had an impressive game as Swansea held on for a point, said: "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.
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"It was a much ado about nothing."
With van Persie falling to the ground after he was fouled on the edge of the area, Williams cleared the ball into the back of the Dutchman's head from close range.
Ferguson was furious tough action was not taken by the referee and has called on the Football Association to ban the Wales international.
"The Van Persie situation, you can clearly see that he could have been killed," Ferguson said on Sky Sports News.
"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 banned for a long time."