Mills appeal rejected
Mills was dismissed in the first half by referee Keith Stroud for 'serious foul play' despite it looking like nothing more than a 50/50 tackle. Even Ipswich manager Roy Keane admitted that is was nothing more than a yellow card.
However after the appeal was heard on Thursday, the FA have decided that Mills red card will stand and he will have to serve a four game ban. The extra game is because it was his second red card of the season, following his dismissal for hand ball at Doncaster in February.
Mills will now miss the games at Cardiff, on Saturday, as well as Newcastle, Peterborough and Scunthorpe. He will be able to return for the final 2 games of the season against Watford and Preston.
This is a massive blow to any hopes the Royals had of making the play offs and leaves us with only 2 available centre backs for the next 4 games, Zurab Kizhanishvili and Alex Pearce. The return of Kalifa Cisse from injury could see him deployed as an emergency centre back through.