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Reading gain a third successive draw.

Reading's Alex Pearce comes close from a corner Credit: PA Sport

The best chance for Reading, who face Arsenal in the Cup at Wembley next Saturday, fell to Jamie Mackie in the first half but his header went over. Blackburn barely threatened throughout a scrappy match but home keeper Adam Federici did have to tip over a dangerous cross from Ben Marshall. Reading manager Steve Clarke had one eye on the trip to Wembley, resting usual left back Jordan Obita. Obita has nine yellow cards this season and, should he have collected a 10th against Blackburn, he would have missed the semi-final due to suspension. Blackburn could also have made the last-four of the Cup but lost a quarter-final replay 1-0 to Liverpool at Ewood Park on Wednesday night. Reading have been in ragged form, with just two wins in their past 11 league games, but began brightly. An early corner from Garath McCleary on the right found Alex Pearce in the Blackburn area but the centre back's header flew high and wide.< Mackie crossed low and hard, also from the right, but Hal Robson-Kanu's first-time effort was gathered easily by Blackburn keeper Simon Eastwood.< Blackburn had won four of their previous six league games but, with the play-offs well out of their reach, they appeared lacking in motivation.< Even 17-goal Jordan Rhodes struggled to make any headway up front as the home defence enjoyed a comfortable first half. Reading persevered going forward but were off target again, Nathaniel Chalobah twice wasting good openings with poor shots from distance. Another chance fell to Mackie. McCleary chipped over a cross from the left but Mackie's header looped narrowly over the bar. Reading ended the half with a flurry. Captain Jem Karacan, making his first start in 19 months after knee problems, had a shot blocked. Robson-Kanu then drove over and a strong Tommy Spurr tackle denied Pavel Pogrebnyak from a Mackie cross. Blackburn improved after the break and at last managed to create a threat moving forward. Marshall steadied himself just outside the home area but his goalbound effort was cleared to safety by Chris Gunter. Blackburn went even closer when Marshall chipped over a cross from the left. It seemed to be dipping under the bar but Federici managed to tip it over. Reading swiftly resumed control and twice went close. A Mackie cross evaded everyone in the Blackburn area - as did a fiercely driven McCleary corner from the left. Pogrebnyak raced clear of the Blackburn defence near the end but, at the vital moment, slipped over and lost all chance of a winner as Reading gained their third successive draw.

Reading fined £30k over breaking integrity rules

Reading have been fined Credit: PA

Reading have been hit with a suspended £30,000 fine after breaching Football League 'integrity' regulations.

The Royals admitted breaking rules which prohibit any individual or legal entity having an interest in more than one club.

In a statement on Monday afternoon the Football League revealed that Reading, who were struggling financially after being relegated from the Premier League in 2013, had borrowed more than £16million from a company which also held an interest in three other clubs.


Goals galore at the Madejski!

Reading's Michael Hector celebrates scoring his side's first goal Credit: PA

A late equaliser from Glenn Murray rescued Reading a vital point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals took the lead on 19 minutes as Michael Hector netted his first goal from the club with a thumping header.

Wolves responded quickly in the second-half, completing a quick turnaround courtesy of ex-Reading Midfielder James Henry and Evans, before Jake Taylor equalised for the hosts.

Substitute Dave Edwards looked to have sealed a win for the visitors late on as his flicked header crept over the line, but Murray's superb strike from outside the box two minutes from time snatched a draw back for the hosts.

Murray snatches draw in six goal thriller Credit: Reading FC

Reading Football Club's future has been secured

The club's future is now secure Credit: Meridian

New Asian consortium partners are now in place at Reading Football Club.

Sir John Madejski said: "After months of tireless hard work and a lot of speculation, I am very pleased to say that Reading Football Club's future has been resolved.

"Over the past year, since the Zingarevich family left, we have engaged with a number of different prospective investors, but we have now succeeded in finding who I believe are the right people to take this club forward.

"I am honoured to be staying on as Co-Chairman at the Club I love, with Khunying Sasima Srivikorn as my fellow Co-Chairwoman. Khunying Sasima has purchased 25% of the club, Khun Narin Niruttinanon has 50% and Khun Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth the remaining 25%. They will all join the Reading Football Club board, as will Khun Jack Srisumrid and Khun Theekharoj Piamphongsarn. Nigel Howe will remain as Chief Executive and Ian Wood-Smith as non-executive Director."


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


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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