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'Van Persie could have been killed' - Sir Alex Ferguson calls for action against Williams

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims Robin van Persie "could have been killed" when Ashley Williams kicked the ball against his striker during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Swansea. (Alex Ferguson, English Premier League, Manchester United, Robin van Persie, Swansea City)

buddymagoo  +   1019d ago
I wonder what kind of speed the ball was going and I think if it was an old ball and not one of these new lightweight malleable balls it would have done some damage.

A bit of an over reaction though.
KingPin  +   1019d ago
it really doesnt matter if it was the new one or old one, it was at point blank range. it has the same effect of actually getting kicked in the head.

over reaction, i think not. if i was RVP i would have got up and kicked that guys ass.
momthemeatloaf  +   1018d ago
Not even close. Maybe a mild concussion at worst. SAF is doing his best to get Williams suspended.
hazelamy  +   1019d ago
funny how somebody kicking a ball at one of his players, in a football match of all things, yet aiming a flying kick at a spectators head is a slap on the wrist offence.

and how many times did roy keane commit deliberate, almost career ending tackles on other players?

if a football to the head is potentially lethal to his players, i'd say they're in the wrong sport, maybe they should be playing tiddlywinks.
buddymagoo  +   1019d ago
One is to the body and the other is to the head you moron.

Let me break it down for you, a hit to to head is life threatening and a hit to the body is vary very rarely.

From a premier league physio
"Being struck that hard from such a short distance could have knocked him out. I’ve seen players knocked out by free-kicks struck from 10 yards away.
If you are unconscious, there is then a risk of trauma to the brain. A blow that fierce is like being hit in boxing - the damage is unpredictable. It can lead to internal bleeding and permanent damage, or there can be just an aching head."

Many boxers have died in the ring from such force.
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hazelamy  +   1019d ago
regardless of how dangerous the kick was, this is still yet another example of the hypocrisy of ferguson.

and what about cantona?
that kick was aimed at the guy's head.

you could debate whether kicking the ball at the head of Van Persie was deliberate, but only Williams knows for certain.
but with cantona there was only one reason why he went feet first at a spectator.
studs aimed at the guys face

if that had been a player from the opposing team, fergie would have called for a lifetime ban, but because he was a man u player, he gave him a slap on the wrists.

frankly, i think cantona was bloody lucky to avoid being arrested and charged with assault.

and it doesn't matter how far away the ball came from when it hits the players head, just the speed, so potentially any attempt to head the ball could be life threatening.

i've seen players take pretty hard shots to the head from fast balls, i doubt this kick was much worse than those.

so fergie saying this was life threatening is just more of the hypocritical hyperbole he employs when man u don't get the results he wants.
buddymagoo  +   1018d ago
I understand that you might have an agenda but Sir Alex said it was the worse he had seen for MANY YEARS. Ruling out Cantona's kung fu kick because that was many many (17) years ago. Sir Alex punished him 2 weeks wages anyway so what your talking about is rubbish!

And regardless where you speculate as to where he aimed Cantona hit him in the body.

And Cantona was arrested and convicted for assault, resulting in a two week prison sentence. This was overturned in the appeal court and instead he was sentenced to 120 hours of community service. Get your facts right!

Take your goggles off, spewing misinformation and propaganda.
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asmith2306  +   1019d ago
This is one of the best comments (hazelamy) I have seen on this site, bubble up added. Williams might have been an idiot but to say he could have killed RvP is sensationalist to the max. Top it off with what some of his players have gotten away with during his time and it is quite a hypocritical comment. RvP was fine, and it would take a lot more than a football to the head to do any damage. Heat of the moment incident, move on.
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p_bateman  +   1019d ago
Lol killed really

The top comments from the daily mail made me laugh.

Ironic he wasn't as outraged when Roy Keane tried to amputate Alf-Inge Haalands leg

Mmm, Van Persie looked on deaths doorstep as he jumped up

This coming from the guy who used to manage kung-fu cantona

Would have missed if he had a normal size head.

Yes purple nose there have been 27 recorded deaths this year of players being hit in the head by a football so very dangerous it defies belief

Taggart has finally lost the plot.
karim  +   1018d ago
Who knew that Sir Alex is a huge drama queen!
chukamachine  +   1018d ago
Player was clearing the ball, nothing more, nothing less.

Old dirty chewing gum red cheeks needs to stfu.

He needs to retire. Before his jaw breaks from too much movement.
Kos-Mos  +   1018d ago
You need to retire from society before something bad happens.
FlunkinMonkey  +   1017d ago
Please make this happen.. His stupidity is draining peoples literacy
The_Klank  +   1018d ago
The only thing I can think of in defense of Fergie is if he ment say that if Williams missed the ball and kicked VP directly in the head it could of killed him.

But still, that's a stretch. He had a bad day yesterday that about sums it up.
Rattlehead20  +   1018d ago
I think old bacon face has been on scotch a few days early.

It was a lightweight ball of air. No wonder Premier League players get a reputation for being nancy boys.

As for it being one of most dangerous things he's seen on the pitch? What a damn hypocrite! This is a guy who has managed both Eric Cantona and Roy Keane. Who can forget Keane's violent assault on Alf-Inge Haaland which ended the poor guy's career. An assault which Keane himself said was deliberate.

Who is Red nose to say what Williams did was deliberate? Williams has one of the best disciplinary records in the league...Defenders are used to clear the ball at times and that's what he was clearly trying.

If it was a Man U player who booted the ball he would be first to defend him.

Senile, whiskey swilling, Rudolph-nosed hypocrite.
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GanjaMan  +   1018d ago
hahahahaaa first line had me in stiches and yh agree he is idiot who manged that thug keano the kunt basically the klu klux klan, i heard hes a member of kkk along with klu klux kenny (aka queen kenny).
Kos-Mos  +   1016d ago
And people like you and that junkie below gets fucked from behind when these players and managers are bored. You happy now lambs?
PS4OUR  +   1018d ago
From a Premier League Physio:
"Being struck that hard from such a short distance could have knocked him out. I’ve seen players knocked out by free-kicks struck from 10 yards away.
If you are unconscious, there is then a risk of trauma to the brain. A blow that fierce is like being hit in boxing - the damage is unpredictable. It can lead to internal bleeding and permanent damage, or there can be just an aching head."

I will take the opinion of an actual professional Physio over an armchair forum mongrel any day of the week.

The Sir Alex hate in here is beautiful. Makes my day to see moaners moan about anything to do with Man United. The sweet smell of consistent Premier League success has made a few people a little bitter. How good those bitter tears taste. Carry on whining about Sir Alex, I will get my popcorn :-)...
asmith2306  +   1014d ago
"A blow that fierce is like being hit in boxing - the damage is unpredictable", exactly; whats the ratio of boxers brain damaged compared to the number of hits they receive during their career?? Pretty much nothing. I think the hate is more about how much of a hypocrite he is. He was being sensationalist to say the least.

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