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No Pavel appeal

23 February 2013

Royals accept ban

Pavel Pogrebnyak will be suspended for three Premier League games, after Brian McDermott confirmed the Royals will not appeal the red card received by the striker against Wigan Athletic.

The Russian international was dismissed by referee Phil Dowd following a challenge on Maynor Figueroa in the 55th minute of the game. 

Pavel will now be unavailable for our clashes with Everton (A), Aston Villa (H) and Manchester United (A).

"In this day and age it’d be difficult to appeal it," said McDermott.

"At the time I didn’t think it was [a red], looking back on it the ref has to make his decision if it’s yellow or red and he’s done that. I think Pavel has gone for the ball, dangled a leg and caught the guy. He gets one look at it, he's decided it's dangerous and I know Pavel is not that type of player. We’ve got players to come in and they’ll be hungry to play. It's part of football."

Speaking after the match, fellow forward Noel Hunt revealed his teammate was 'devastated' at the dismissal. 

"Pavel was frustrated, he hadn't seen much of the ball and maybe the red mist came down, but I personally thought it was a yellow" said Noel.

"He was gutted he got sent off. He's a great team guy, a great guy to have around and he's devastated, I can tell you that now." 

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