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Van Persie 'lucky to be alive', rages Ferguson

Published on Dec 24, 2012 6:46 AM
 
Swansea City's Ashley Williams fouls Manchester United's Robin van Persie (on ground) during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales, Dec 23, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson fumed that Swansea City defender Ashley Williams could have killed Robin van Persie during his side's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The Wales centre-back struck the prone van Persie in the back of the head with the ball during the second half of the match, sparking a furious reaction from the Dutchman that culminated in bookings for both players.

Swansea top scorer Michu had earlier cancelled out Patrice Evra's opener for United to prevent Ferguson's men from restoring their six-point advantage over second-place Manchester City at the Premier League summit.

"Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive," said Ferguson. "It was a disgraceful act from their player today and he should be banned by the FA (Football Association). Robin could have had a broken neck. It was one of the most dangerous things I've seen on a football pitch in many, many years. It was absolutely deliberate, and right in front of the referee."

 
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