Saturday 18 November 2017

James Tomkins: Robin van Persie deliberately elbowed me

Hammers centre-half says that his nose was broken accidentally by Marouane Fellaini but believes the Dutch striker's earlier blow was premeditated

Clash: Robin van Persie strikes James Tomkins with his elbow
Clash: Robin van Persie strikes James Tomkins with his elbow

Manchester United defender James Tomkins has accused Robin van Persie of deliberately elbowing him during his side's 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Upton Park on Sunday.

Tomkins broke his nose after clashing with United midfielder Marouane Fellaini late in the game, but it had already been bruised after a collision with the Dutch striker. The referee, Mark Clattenburg, decided not to take any action but Tomkins beieves Van Persie should have been punished.

"The nose is a bit swollen," he said. "Fellaini was the second time in the match when I broke it. He 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."

"I think it was definitely a yellow at least, but I don’t like to say that someone 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."

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