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Reading's Alex Pearce wins red card appeal

11 February 2014

Reading defender Alex Pearce's red card against Sheffield Wednesday has been rescinded by the Football Association.

The Royals appealed against the decision to give Pearce his marching orders in the ninth minute of Saturday's 2-0 defeat.

Pearce gave away a penalty when he tripped Benik Afobe in the area but Reading claimed he was not the last man and that Kaspars Gorkss was covering his fellow centre-half.

And an FA statement read: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Tuesday), Reading's claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Alex Pearce was upheld.

"Pearce was dismissed for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during the game against Sheffield Wednesday on February 8, 2014. His one-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect."

The decision means Pearce will now be available for Sunday's trip to QPR.

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