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A busy night of football for the South's teams in round 2 of the Capital One Cup

Southampton's Graziano Pelle celebrates their second goal Credit: PA

Mixed fortunes for the South's football teams in the Capital One Cup second round. Here are the final scores:

Bournemouth 3 Northampton 0

Millwall 0 Southampton 2

Norwich 3 Crawley 1

Swindon 2 Brighton 4

Scunthorpe 0 Reading 1

West Brom 1 Oxford1 (West Brom wins 7-6 on penalties)

Gillingham 0 Newcastle 1

Bournemouth, Southampton, Brighton and Reading celebrate being through to the next round

Anton Ferdinand signs two year deal with Royals

Reading Football Club have completed the signing of central defender Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old was most recently plying his trade with Antalyaspor in Turkey, and he has a wealth of experience in English football with more than 300 career appearances for West Ham, QPR and Sunderland, who he joined for £8million in 2008.

The brother of Rio and cousin to former Reading striker Les, Anton will wear squad number 4 for the Royals.

The deal is subject to the normal ratification and receipt of international clearance. Having not played for almost a year, Anton is likely to need a couple of weeks before he can make his mark on the first team squad, and he began that process by training with his new teammates today.

Anton Ferdinand has signed a two year deal with Reading FC Credit: Reading Football Club

"I’d like to officially welcome Anton to the club, we’re pleased to have signed three players in the last few days with him, Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie. I know they will all add to what is a very hard-working group of players."

– Manager Nigel Adkins

"I’d like to wish Anton the best of luck here, he is a hugely experienced defender with more than 230 games in the Premier League, and that experience will also help all of our young players here."

– Director of Football Nick Hammond

"It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. The first thing you feel when you come here is that it's a family environment. I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football. That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it. I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football. I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion. I'm champing at the bit to play my first game. I don't know when that will be as I'm lacking match fitness - I'm a bit behind the boys. I'm going to train hard, and when the gaffer thinks I'm ready, then I'll be ready."

– Anton Ferdinand, Reading FC

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Reading football club welcomes consortium

Reading FC has welcomed a leading consortium to Reading Football Club.

Khunying Sasima Srivikorn has agreed a partnership with Sir John Madejski to take Reading Football Club forward.

Sir John said, "I am delighted with these developments and would like to officially welcome Khunying Sasima to Reading Football Club.

"The Club were not intending to make any comment until all the formalities have been completed, but for the sake of clarity we believe it is in everyone's interest to release this statement now.

"Upon the completion of all the necessary procedures we will of course update everyone further, and in the meantime I am sure you share my excitement at the possibilities ahead."

Chairman Sir John Madejski welcoming Khunying Sasima Srivikorn Credit: Reading FC

Khunying Sasima said, "I am absolutely delighted to be entering into this partnership with Sir John, and working with a club with such a strong reputation.

"I and my fellow investors look forward to supporting Sir John and working toward a successful future together.

"We still have some formalities to complete and plenty of work ahead of us - but we are excited about what lies ahead."

FA uphold Reading's red card appeal

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Reading’s claim of wrongful dismissal regarding Alex Pearce was upheld. Pearce was dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity during the game against Sheffield Wednesday on 8 February 2014. His one-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect

– FA Statement

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Back in charge - Sir John on Royals' footballing future

After months of rumour and speculation about what is going on behind the scenes at Reading Football club - the side's chairman Sir John Madejski has broken his silence and told fans that he is still in charge!

Fifty-one percent of the club was sold to businessman Anton Zingarevich, back in May 2012. One of the Russian billionaire's most controversial decisions was sacking Brian McDermott who had overseen the Royals promotion to the Premier League.

In his first major television interview this year, Sir John discussed the Royals' future with ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.

Players from Reading FC become Santa for the day!

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is due to start its Christmas celebrations today.

But rather than Santa, players from Reading Football Club will be visiting young patients.

The annual event sees the players handing out Christmas presents to those at the hospital.

Players from Reading Football Club are due to visit Royal Berkshire Hospital today Credit: Press Association Images

Royals hold the Lions at the Madejski

Reading had gone ahead early on through a Sean Morrison header but, after Millwall's Jimmy Abdou had been sent-off for a second yellow card, Liam Trotter levelled from the spot.

Reading went into the game with a record of only one defeat in eight matches and had scored in their previous six, including a 4-1 hammering of Doncaster Rovers.

After a cagey opening from both sides, Millwall created the first chance when Martyn Waghorn ran through alone. As he shaped to shoot, though, Wayne Bridge denied him with a fierce tackle. Reading took advantage of the narrow escape and went ahead in the ninth minute.

Millwall's Nicky Bailey fouled Chris Gunter, for which he was booked, and Jordan Obita swung over the free kick from wide on the right. The Millwall defence froze and allowed Morrison, the Reading centre back and captain, to nod home unchallenged past David Forde for his first goal of the season.

Millwall's task became even harder in the 85th minute, when midfielder Abdou received a second yellow card - for a wild lunge on McAnuff - and was dismissed.

But Trotter's late spot-kick, driven into the roof of the net after Federici had felled McDonald in the area, gained them a deserved point.

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