Tomkins: ‘van Persie was malicious’

Tomkins2James Tomkins has dubbed Manchester United’s Robin van Persie “malicious”  despite having his nose broken by Marouane Fellaini in yesterday’s game at Upton Park..

Speaking after the game Tomkins said: “The nose is a bit swollen – Fellaini  has always got that about him when he goes up with his hands a lot.

“It is tough to say that he does it deliberately, but with the Van Persie one, I think he had a look at me first and then he has gone for me.

“I think that was more malicious than the other one, even though I came out worse the second time.”

Tomkins went up for an aerial duel with the United front man and Van Persie clearly took a look behind before swinging an arm into his face for which Tomkins believed he should have been cautioned.

He said: “I was shocked he didn’t get a yellow card. I think the linesman could have helped him a bit more, he was closer to it and he had a good angle.

“I think it was definitely a yellow at least, but I don’t like to say that some should have got sent off. I am sure that there are challenges that I might make in the future that could be yellow or something else.

Referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to speak about the incident with the central defender after addressing RVP.

Tomkins explained: “He was just saying he was there to protect me and that he was going to have a look at it at half time or after the game and decide for himself, and I think if he sees it again, he can see that there is a bit of intent in there.”

“I was expecting a little bit of physical contact from strikers, but when someone looks round and then comes for me it is a bit more malicious.”



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