Former Wales international Ashley Williams is facing a disciplinary hearing over his conduct at a junior football match, the Manchester Football Association has told CNN.
According to the BBC, Williams, who played for Everton and Swansea City in the Premier League and made 86 appearances for Wales, has been accused of confronting an opposition coach during an under-12 football match his son attended in Manchester.
“Following an investigation, Mr Williams has been charged by Manchester FA with breaching FA Rule E3 – Inappropriate Behavior (including violent behavior and threatening and/or abusive language/behaviour),” Manchester FA said in a statement.
He added that Williams has responded to the complaint by requesting a personal hearing.
CNN has reached out to Williams’ representatives for comment and has not heard back, but a spokesperson for the 38-year-old told the Daily Mail: ‘Ashley was attacked and was defending herself.
“We have 45 witnesses, including people associated with both teams who were going to use the pitch, who will support our version of events and we will defend Ashley vigorously.”
The conduct charge comes months after Manchester FA suspended Williams, according to documents released by Manchester FA, for alleged misconduct towards a match official at another under-12s match.
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Williams was accused of “body-blocking” the match referee, trying to wrest the red card from his hand and using “foul and aggressive language” towards the official.
In an impersonal hearing, the former defender pleaded guilty to FA conduct charges and was banned from all football activities for 182 days from February 25, fined £100 (about $112) and ordered to complete an education course. .