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Pardew defends Ferguson rage

Alan Pardew has defended Sir Alex Ferguson's aggressive reaction to Ashley Williams kicking a ball at Robin van Persie's head.

Last Updated: 24/12/12 at 12:44 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Defends Ferguson over Williams criticism

Alan Pardew: Defends Ferguson over Williams criticism

Swansea City defender Williams incurred the wrath of Ferguson after striking the ball against the back of the Dutch forward's head during the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

The United boss claimed Williams could have killed Van Persie and called for the Football Association to hand the Wales captain a ban.

Newcastle manager Pardew understood why Ferguson was so angry.

He said: "If one of your players gets hurt or you think he was in danger, you are going to protect him.

"He [Ferguson] genuinely felt that [Van Persie could have been killed], I should think, at the time. You do."

Despite sympathising with Ferguson's reaction, Newcastle boss Pardew said he does not expect Williams to be punished.

He added: "I think the one with Van Persie was perhaps not as bad as Alex at first imagined. Sometimes from the sideline, it looks a lot worse at the time.

"I'm not sure whether there will be action taken for that."

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