Ferguson claims RVP could have died after being struck in the head by the ball

Discussion in 'Sports' started by seabs, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Sir Alex Ferguson says Robin van Persie is "lucky to be alive" after being hit in the head by a ball struck by Ashley Williams in the 1-1 draw with Swansea.

    Van Persie was lying on the ground when Williams kicked the ball from a couple of yards away as the referee blew the whistle for a foul.

    Ferguson felt Van Persie was fortunate to escape serious injury.

    "Robin van Persie is lucky to be alive. It was a disgraceful act from their player," Ferguson told BBC Sport.

    "He should be banned by the FA. Robin could have had a broken neck."

    The United manager said Williams, 28, had deliberately aimed the ball at Van Persie, who reacted furiously - both players were cautioned by referee Michael Oliver.

    Ferguson added on Sky Sports: "With the Van Persie situation, 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 denied he had hit Van Persie intentionally.

    "I've seen it on the TV and that's his [Ferguson's] opinion," said Williams.

    "Everyone's going to have their own opinion but, from my point of view, I tried to apologise on the pitch but it all flared up.

    "I just kicked the ball in frustration and obviously not trying to hit him square on the head.

    "I understand exactly why he's angry. I'd be the same if the ball hit me on the head at that pace."

    United striker Wayne Rooney tried to play the incident down.

    "I think it's one of those things," he said. "The whistle's gone, the defender has gone to clear and it's hit him in the head. I think probably the right decision from the referee."

    United led the Premier League by six points going into the weekend's fixtures but, after the draw with Swansea and rivals Manchester City's win over Reading, that advantage has been cut to four points.

    "It should have been six. That's the disappointment," added Ferguson.

    "We absolutely battered Swansea [in the second half].

    "In the second half it was a marvellous performance by us and we were unlucky not to win it. We struck the bar twice and had some great chances.

    "If there is a criticism then maybe it is that we were wasteful with the chances and we have to hold out hand up to that."

    The United manager was angry that referee Michael Oliver, 27, did not disallow Swansea's equaliser for a foul by Chico on Van Persie during the build-up to the goal.

    "It really it should have been a foul for us when the defender fouled Van Persie but the referee has had one of those games," said Ferguson.

    "I know he is a young referee but dear me what a performance that was."

    So has the old man lost his marbles or was it potentially life threatening?
     
  2. It was pretty dangerous but I think it's just Ferguson playing his usual games with the media tbh.
     
  3. Death, no. Broken neck, yes. The guy was a foot away from RVP and booted the ball right into his head. If he missed the ball and hit him with his studs then yeah death maybe, but RVP avoided potential whiplash or worse, it was on purpose as well. SAF is obviously overreacting because it was done to RVP, it's like any other manager would do if your crown jewel has that happen to him.

    As for SAF losing his marbles, yes he has. We needed a goal so he brought on Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, and instead of targeting a CM like we obviously need he's going after Lewandowski.
     
  4. Re: RE: Ferguson claims RVP could have died after being struck

    I'm not even sure he was at much risk tbh, players get blasted pretty often in open play at close range but it was to the back of the head so would that factor?
     
  5. Re: RE: Ferguson claims RVP could have died

    I get it was close range but players get hit pretty often in open play at close range without much injury, I really don't see how it could have broken his neck tbh. A concussion was the most likely serious aliment.
     
  6. If your brain bounces hard enough against the front of your skull, you can die pretty easily. A ball with enough pace could do the job.
     
  7. Re: RE: Ferguson claims RVP could have died after being struck in the head

    What would the pace required for a real football?
     
  8. It really depends on the person and their position. Some people might get concussed, others may be fine, but if the impact causes neural bleeding, you're pretty much done for.
     
  9. He didn't mean to, he was trying to apologize right away.

    Sure you did, asshole.