Ashley Williams Will Not Face Punishment over Robin van Persie Incident

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2012

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 23:  Ashley Williams of Swansea City argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Swansea defender Ashley Williams will not face any punishment from the Football Association following his incident with Manchester United striker Robin van Persie in the English Premier League last weekend.

During his side's 1-1 draw against United on the weekend, Williams struck van Persie on the head with his attempted clearance from close range—sparking outrage from Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson about what the 28-year-old could have done to the Dutch international.

Commenting via BBC Sport, Ferguson angrily said that:

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. You can clearly see that he could have been killed. 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...

Williams, however, denied the matter following the match—stating via BBC Sport that the incident was completely accidental and that he had meant no harm.

Former Swansea City manager and now Wigan boss Roberto Martinez also vouched for the player's actions, stating that the defender is "not a nasty footballer" and that despite a "very nasty situation," he would have never tried to injure an opposing player deliberately (per The Guardian).

In light of the Swans trip to the Madejski Stadium to take on last-placed Reading on the weekend, the Football Association has ruled that there will be no further instigation into the actions of Williams and subsequent reaction from those involved. 

Per The Guardian:

The Football Association will not take action against the Swansea City defender Ashley Williams for kicking a ball at the head of Manchester United's Robin van Persie, who denied malicious intent [of the incident].

Williams will captain Swansea against Reading on Wednesday and has already moved on from the van Persie incident in his mind—commenting via The Daily Mirror on how serious his team's upcoming game against the Royals is.

In many ways, Reading is an even bigger game for us [than Manchester United]. We want to finish the first half of the Premier League campaign on a high, but they are desperate for points.

These are the games where teams look to take points off each other. It will be a tough ask—playing at Reading is always tough—and it's a long way for our fans to travel at Christmas, but I guess it's about as close as we're going to get to a local derby on Boxing Day...

Reading have lost seven straight league matches and sit dead last on the Premier League ladder and shouldn't be too much of a problem for Michael Laudrup's men.

But, as we've seen throughout the season already, nothing can be taken for granted and even the most straightforward of fixtures can finish up the other way.

Either way, it seems we can finally put the Williams-RVP incident behind us and concentrate once more on the football to take place this week.

That includes you, too, Sir Alex.


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