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Royals News Bites 12th Feb

With most of the attention on Alex Pearce this week, this weeks News Bites is short and sweet!

Warren Little

Pearce red card appeal successful – Official Site

On Tuesday, the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission upheld Reading’s appeal for wrongful dismissal of Alex Pearce in Saturday’s loss to Sheffield Wednesday. The defender will now be available for the trip to QPR on Sunday.

Gorkss on Pearce and QPR trip – Official Site

Kaspars Gorkss says the referee got it wrong when sending Alex Pearce off against Sheffield Wednesday. He claims he was in a position to comfortably cover Pearce, and says the red card created a chaotic game and scuppered our chances. The big centre back is also looking forward to returning to old club QPR on Sunday, saying its always "special" to go back but all he wants is a result for Reading.

Madejski says there is little prospect of a takeover any time soon – Reading Chronicle

With the breakdown of a 100% takeover of Reading Football Club by investors from America, Oman and China, Sir John Madejski is keen to emphasise people "make promises that don’t work out" and "nobody is about to buy the club", meaning he is back in charge. He also points out the Zingarevich family are being "supportive" and there is no rush to find a buyer.

Time for Hec to step in and step up – Get Reading

Written before Alex Pearce’s controversial red card was rescinded but still very relevant and interesting, Charles Watts examines the reasons why youngster Michael hector should be given game time, suggesting he deserves a chance as he is "quick, mobile and comfortable on the ball", which Alex Pearce and Kaspars Gorkks lack, not to mention the fact he is out of contract in the summer. There are a whole host of clubs who may snap up this future star and unless we give him a go, it may be he turns out to be another one to add to the long-list of the ones who got away.