Williams: RVP incident no big deal

  • Last Updated: December 24 2012, 8:12 GMT

Ashley Williams described his clash with Robin van Persie as "no big deal" after Sir Alex Ferguson said Williams "could have killed" the Dutchman by booting the ball at him.

Williams: RVP incident no big deal

The pair clashed during Sunday's 1-1 draw between Swansea and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium, with Williams kicking the ball against the back of the grounded Van Persie's head after the whistle had been blown.

Ferguson told Sky Sports News: "The Van Persie situation you can clearly see that he could have been killed.

"It was a disgraceful act by the player, he should be banned for a long time."

However, the Wales captain responded: "It's his opinion, he's entitled to it. I understand why Van Persie was angry. I've kicked the ball away in frustration, but I wasn't trying to hit him in the head.

"I tried to say sorry, but he wasn't having it. I haven't spoken to him since the game and I didn't shake hands afterwards - but only because I didn't see him. As far as I'm concerned it's no big deal.

"If I had tried to hit him on the head deliberately, I would have missed!

"It's not like I'm going to shoot and hit him square in the head like that."

United striker Wayne Rooney did not concur with his manager's assessment.

He said: 'It's one of those things. The whistle's gone, the defender has gone to clear and it's hit him in the head. I think probably it's the right decision from the referee (Michael Oliver)."