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Royals to appeal Pearce red

10 February 2014

Appeal lodged to FA

The Royals can confirm that an appeal will be lodged to the Football Association for the dismissal of Alex Pearce during Saturday's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Club has a further 24 hours to submit evidence of the incident, with a decision on the appeal expected this week.

Pearce was sent off very early in our defeat to the Owls, and while manager Nigel Adkins was open to the suggestion it could have been a foul, he was adamant that the position of covering defender Kaspars Gorkss meant it was not a clear goalscoring opportunity and therefore not worthy of a red. 

A decision can only be overturned if the FA determine that the referee made a clear error.

After Saturday's match Adkins said, "I'll do everything I can to appeal it. 

"To be honest, if he gives the penalty then you can live with that. The issue is the red card because he shouldn't have sent him off. 

"How he can send Pearce off when Kaspars makes a challenge as he goes to ground... I just can't understand it. 

"But the fact is the referee's given it and it's a shame for the players and for Pearcey." 

If the suspension is upheld, Pearce will miss next weekend's trip to Queens Park Rangers. Although it was a straight red card, the punishment for denying a goal scoring opportunity is one game (with a three game ban reserved for violent conduct).


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