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McShane and Williams accept charge

15 April 2016

Royals pair apologise to supporters for three-match suspension

Reading Football Club can confirm that both Paul McShane and Danny Williams have accepted an FA charge of misconduct relating to an on-field incident at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Having seen the footage of the incident back on Wednesday morning, both players spoke in person with manager Brian McDermott and have been subject to our internal disciplinary procedure and reminded of their responsibilities.

Captain Paul McShane said, “As I said to the press yesterday, it was two passionate people in a coming together with a disagreement that lasted just a few seconds towards the end of a match both Danny and I desperately wanted to win. We went to ‘lock horns’ but the slow motion replays make it look much worse that it was.

“However, I fully appreciate that, as footballers, we have a responsibility to demonstrate our passion and determination in the way we play our football on the pitch and I am sorry that it spilled over like it did. It shouldn’t have happened and it won’t again. I have apologised to my teammates this morning and I’d also like to take this opportunity to apologise to our supporters.”

Midfielder Danny Williams said, “I would like to say sorry to the manager, my teammates, the club and most importantly all of our supporters for a heat of the moment incident that happened late in the game on Tuesday night.

“Everyone who sees me on the pitch will know I am a man who plays his football with pride and passion and who will do everything he can to win three points for his team. But on this occasion, this wasn’t the right reaction and although Macca and I apologised to each other after the final whistle, we both know we have let down our fans.”

Both McShane and Williams will serve three-match suspensions which will start immediately, ruling the pair out of fixtures against Leeds United (a), Hull City (h) and QPR (a) this month.

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