Tyrone Mings will not face punishment from the Football Association (FA) following an incident with Nelson Oliveira that left the striker with facial injuries, Reading have confirmed. 

Mings, who is on loan at Aston Villa from Bournemouth and was making his debut for the Championship club, landed on Oliveira's face with his studs during Saturday's 0-0 draw. 

The Portuguese forward, who was bleeding heavily after the clash, was taken to hospital and his partner Mel Oliveira wrote on Instagram on Monday that Mings ought to "get a lengthy ban". 

She posted: "There's absolutely no excuse for his behaviour. Any injury is upsetting but something like this is just disgusting. I hope something will happen, he can't get away with that!"

However, Reading confirmed in a statement released via social media that Mings will not be charged by the FA.

"As a club, we ensured that the referee and the FA were fully aware of an incident during Saturday's match which caused injury to our striker, Nelson Oliveira," the club posted on Twitter.

"But as the incident was seen by the ref at the time, we understand no retrospective action can or will be taken by the FA."

While playing for Bournemouth in March 2017, Mings received a five-match ban for violent conduct after a Football Association panel ruled he deliberately stood on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head during a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Mings insisted the incident was an accident, later telling the Guardian: "I would hate for anyone to think otherwise, that I would intentionally try to stamp on someone’s head when they're lying on the floor."

Leeds United relinquished their grip on top spot in the Championship as Mario Vrancic scored a double to help Norwich City claim an impressive 3-1 win at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa's side relied on a late comeback against Rotherham United to secure the points in their last outing, but Leeds had no such luck against a rugged Norwich on Saturday, with Vrancic and Teemu Pukki doing the damage.

Vrancic got things started with a wicked free-kick five minutes in, and the midfielder played a crucial role in Norwich's second 30 minutes later.

With Leeds having squandered possession deep in their own half, Marco Stiepermann kept his cool to tee up Vrancic, whose deflected strike presented Pukki with a simple finish.

Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski had gone close to restoring parity shortly before Pukki's goal, and the latter would have set up a grandstand finish if not for a fine block by Maximillian Aarons.

And Norwich, now unbeaten in 13 consecutive away games, made their good fortune count – Vrancic on hand to double his tally and ensure that the Canaries leapfrogged their hosts into first place, with Patrick Bamford's stoppage-time header proving a mere consolation.

Middlesbrough gave their Premier League promotion hopes a big boost with a thrilling 3-2 victory at West Brom.

With the Championship's top two, Leeds United and Norwich City, not playing until later on Saturday, Boro earned an impressive victory in the match between the sides sitting fourth and fifth courtesy of a late double from substitute Britt Assombalonga.

Third-placed Sheffield United also won, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at home to move above Norwich into second, at least temporarily.

Bristol City saw off Swansea City 2-0 to move into the play-off positions, while Brentford recorded an extraordinary 5-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Birmingham City, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic also earned victories, while Reading's match with Aston Villa ended in a goalless draw, as did Millwall's clash with Rotherham United.

 

BIG BOOST FOR BORO

It looked like Boro were in trouble at the Hawthorns after George Saville's opener had been overturned by strikes from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle. 

Defeat would have left them six points behind the top four, but Assombalonga had other ideas with two goals in an eight-minute spell, capitalising on a mistake from Chris Brunt for the winner, as Tony Pulis returned to West Brom for the first time since being sacked.

Sheffield United kept up the pressure on the teams at the top courtesy of Billy Sharp, who set up a second-half goal for David McGoldrick before netting one himself.

In-form Bristol moved above Derby County, who drew with Preston North End on Friday, into sixth with Andreas Weimann and Callum O'Dowda netting after the break against Swansea to give Lee Johnson a seventh straight victory in all competitions.

 

BLACKBURN IN SHOCKING COLLAPSE

Blackburn would have been within a point of the play-offs had they defeated Brentford at Griffin Park, but instead they fell to a stunning defeat.

Bradley Dack's low strike and a Danny Graham header had them two goals up inside seven minutes but Said Benrahma promptly got one back for the hosts after a lethal counter-attack.

Brentford then scored four times in the final 32 minutes, as Ollie Watkins' double and strikes from Neal Maupay and Sergi Canos left Blackburn stunned.

Birmingham and Hull recorded 2-0 wins over Nottingham Forest and Stoke City respectively, with the Potters seeing debutant Sam Vokes miss a spot-kick.

 

WIGAN GAIN GROUND AT THE BOTTOM

Wigan were the only team in the bottom six to taste victory, beating QPR 2-1 at home to move seven points clear of the drop zone. Josh Windass and Leon Clarke scored in either half, with Bright Samuel's late response for Steve McClaren's men only proving a consolation.

Bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town went down to a heart-breaking 1-0 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday after Lucas Joao's last-minute winner in Steve Bruce's first game in charge.

Harry Wilson hit the woodwork twice but Sean Maguire and Paul Gallagher wasted a string of chances as Preston North End were held 0-0 at home by Derby County.

Preston, buoyed by back-to-back wins away from home in the Championship, were dominant for large periods of Friday's clash at Deepdale.

But Alex Neil's side could not find a way through with Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos mostly untested despite a barrage of 23 attempts on his goal.

Maguire had six shots while Gallagher fired a further three efforts, with the latter, Preston's captain, also failing to make the most of set-piece deliveries.

Wilson was denied by the crossbar in the 11th minute and he also struck Declan Rudd's post in the first half, but it was Derby who were holding on in the closing stages.

Aside from the Liverpool loanee, injury-hit Derby offered little and Frank Lampard's neutralised play-off hopefuls missed the chance to move up to fifth in the Championship.

Burnley have announced the signing of 38-year-old striker Peter Crouch from Stoke City, with Sam Vokes moving in the opposite direction.

Crouch joins former Stoke players Phil Bardsley and Jonathan Walters at Turf Moor after signing a deal that runs until the end of the season.

The striker was linked with a move to Burnley in 2001 but the deal fell through and he instead opted to join Portsmouth.

Burnley have now got their man, albeit 18 years later, with Crouch's arrival announcement on social media referencing his famous 'robot' celebration.

Crouch is the latest former England international to sign for Burnley, joining Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart at the club. James Tarkowski, Jack Cork, Tom Heaton and Nick Pope have also represented the Three Lions.

"There's no issue about his fitness and I think he has an intention and a desire to still make a mark in football," Burnley boss Sean Dyche told reporters ahead of the deal being completed on Thursday.

"We know what a good character he is and he still has that edge. We know he’s an effective footballer and he has a hunger to come here and make a mark."

Crouch will be a direct replacement in Burnley's squad for Wales international Vokes, who had slipped down the pecking order this season.

"It's great to have it finally done," Vokes told Stoke's website after completing his protracted move. "It has been a long day and a lot of waiting around but I am delighted - I just can't wait to get started now.

"You can see how great the squad is here and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to getting stuck into. The Championship is a really tough league so it is all about putting together a great squad, and we have that here.

"Burnley was a huge part of my life, I really found my home there and I made a lot of good friends there, but it was time for me to move on - and what better club to do that with than Stoke City."

Dyche's Clarets are also reportedly trying to complete a late deal for Birmingham City striker Che Adams.

Late goals were the order of the day in Tuesday's Championship action as 10-man Birmingham City were denied by a last-gasp equaliser at Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers salvaged a point against fellow strugglers Reading.

In a topsy-turvy game, Daniel James' opener for Swansea was cancelled out by Jacques Maghoma before Birmingham were hindered by a red card for Kristian Pedersen.

Oli McBurnie restored Swansea's lead but, despite their numerical disadvantage, Matt Grimes' own goal and a stunning 20-yard curler from Che Adams with just under 20 minutes remaining saw Birmingham turn the match on its head.

However, just when it looked like Garry Monk had seen his side do enough to seal the points against his former team, McBurnie kept his cool to finish Mike van der Hoorn's cut-back and preserve Swansea's unbeaten status in 2019.

At the University of Bolton Stadium, the home side were staring down the barrel of defeat when Pawel Olkowski felled Garath McCleary to allow on-loan Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira the chance to score his first Reading goal on his debut from the penalty spot.

But Jack Hobbs, who last scored a competitive goal playing for Nottingham Forest against Derby County in September 2013, proved the unlikely hero by heading in Sammy Ameobi's cross in injury time meaning both teams remain in the bottom three.

Nathan Jones has made his first signing since taking charge at Stoke City, bringing in defender Danny Batth from Wolves on a permanent deal.

Stoke have paid an undisclosed fee - reportedly in the region of £3million - to get the centre-back, who has penned a three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club.

Batth made 16 league appearances for Wolves in the 2017-18 season as Nuno Espirito Santo's squad secured promotion to the Premier League.

The 28-year-old was loaned out to Middlesbrough in the first half of the current campaign but was recalled once Stoke's bid was accepted.

"Danny is a dominant leader of a centre-half. He has got great pedigree having got promoted with Wolves last season and he's someone we feel can take us forward," Jones - who took charge at the bet365 Stadium on January 9 - told the club's official website.

"I think the environment needs freshening up with new signings and Danny will do just that."

Batth could make his debut on Saturday when Stoke - who were relegated from the Premier League last season - travel to Hull City.

Roy Keane has returned to Nottingham Forest after being named assistant to manager Martin O'Neill.

It means O'Neill and Keane are re-united after a five-year spell with the Republic of Ireland that ended in November after the country suffered relegation to Nations League Group C.

O'Neill took over at the City Ground earlier this month following the departure of Aitor Karanka and it was widely expected Keane would follow.

The 47-year-old made over 100 appearances for Forest before establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in world football during a trophy-laden spell at Manchester United.

He moved into management with Sunderland in 2006, leading the Wearsiders to promotion to the Premier League before resigning in December 2008.

Keane later had a mixed spell at Ipswich after which he worked as a television pundit.

On re-joining Forest, Keane said: "Obviously, I had great memories of my career here as a player, the club gave me my chance and I will always remember them for that.

"But it is a different challenge now and I am in a different position coaching the players. I am looking forward to it, a huge challenge ahead and 20 years out of the Premier League. It will be tough but I am looking forward to it."

O'Neill, also a former Forest player, enjoyed his first win in charge on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of Wigan Athletic.

Forest sit ninth in the Championship, four points off the play-offs. 

Keane added: "We will give it a good go, I have huge respect for Martin and the club and it fell into place nicely. 

"I have seen the team a number of times over the last year or two and it is going to be tough but hopefully, with one or two signings, a bit of luck we can hopefully be competing." 

 

Leeds United have confirmed Stuart Dallas has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

The Northern Ireland international was due to return imminently from a fractured foot that has kept him out of action since December 1.

But the Championship leaders announced on Monday that Dallas has had a new setback after being hurt in training.

"Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has suffered an ankle injury in training," a club statement said.

"Dallas, who recently recovered from a foot injury, has been ruled out for up to six weeks. We wish Stuart a speedy recovery."

The 27-year-old has made 15 Championship appearances this season, scoring one goal, with Leeds three points clear at the top of the table.

Patrick Bamford and Gaetano Berardi are already sidelined for Leeds, whose next game is against promotion rivals Norwich City at Elland Road on Saturday.

The Football Association (FA) is to investigate allegations of racist chanting from a section of Millwall fans during Saturday's FA Cup win over Everton. 

Footage on social media appeared to show several supporters taunt away fans using a derogatory term about the Pakistani community during Millwall's dramatic 3-2 win at The Den.

The FA is now planning to look into the matter.

A spokesperson said: "The FA can confirm that we are aware of a video posted on social media after the FA Cup match between Millwall and Everton.

"Discriminatory behaviour and chanting has no place in football and we will be investigating the matter."

Millwall also condemned the "abhorrent" chants and vowed to issue life bans for anyone found to be involved.

A Millwall statement read: "Millwall Football Club is aware of, and extremely disappointed by, a video circulating online displaying alleged racist chanting during Saturday's victory over Everton.

"The club will, as is commonplace following such incidents, work with all relevant authorities during investigations into the matter and look to identify individuals involved. Anyone identified and guilty of such abuse will be banned from The Den for life.

"The club would like to place on record its gratitude to, and pride in, the vast majority of its supporters who gave their team outstanding backing throughout the match and who deserve to enjoy a memorable victory.

"They should be able to do so without being tarnished by behaviour they would find abhorrent.

"Millwall Football Club has a long and proud record of anti-discrimination work and on top of this investigation will continue to work tirelessly, alongside the authorities, to eradicate all forms from the game."

Before the match, a fracas between rival fans led to one man being left with a slash wound to his face.

Millwall's victory came via Murray Wallace's late strike, which followed a controversial leveller from Jake Cooper, who had seemingly directed the ball in with his arm.

Martin O'Neill registered his first win as Nottingham Forest manager as Leeds United moved three points clear at the top of the Championship on Saturday.

Several second-tier sides were in FA Cup action, but there were still some big results in the league, with Leeds returning to winning ways while Forest and Blackburn Rovers kept up the presser on the top six.

Norwich City and Sheffield United battled to a draw, losing pace behind Leeds, while Aston Villa defeated strugglers Ipswich Town.

Stoke City had beaten Leeds last week, but their difficult season continued with a humbling home reverse at the hands of Preston North End.

LEEDS BATTLE BACK

Having lost last week, Leeds needed to show a response and their trip to Rotherham United did not start well, trailing to Semi Ajayi's opener for the hosts at the break.

But Mateusz Klich came up with a response following the restart, netting after 51 minutes to set up a tense finale. The same man then delivered to complete a turnaround, striking the winner four minutes from time.

Marcelo Bielsa's mood would have improved further upon seeing the result at Carrow Road, where Billy Sharp twice cancelled out Norwich goals as Sheffield United earned a 2-2 draw.

Leeds now hold a three-point advantage over second-placed Norwich, with the Blades a further three points back after leapfrogging West Brom.

O'NEILL UP AND RUNNING

Forest's first home match under former favourite O'Neill had underwhelmed, with Bristol City claiming a 1-0 win at the City Ground last time out.

But the Reds' fortunes improved on Saturday. Despite registering just three shots on target against Wigan Athletic, O'Neill's men ran out 3-1 winners. Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura were on target.

Although Forest climbed the table with victory, they remain below Blackburn after Tony Mowbray's side sealed an impressive 3-0 victory against Hull City.

Villa are also in the play-off picture following a 2-1 defeat of lowly Ipswich. Tammy Abraham continued his outstanding form with a brace.

STOKE STUTTER AGAIN

The Potters would have hoped that their fortunes had turned with the arrival of Nathan Jones and a win against Leeds last week, but a wretched campaign was punctuated with another dismal defeat on Saturday.

Preston clinched a 2-0 win at Stoke with goals through Alan Browne and Brad Potts.

A side plying their trade in the Premier League just 12 months ago remain 15th in the Championship, with just one win in eight across all competitions.

John Obi Mikel has joined Middlesbrough on a short-term deal, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 31-year-old has finalised his move to the Riverside Stadium after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda at the end of the Super League season in November.

Mikel is Boro's second signing this month, following the loan arrival of Rajiv van La Parra from Huddersfield Town.

The midfielder spent 11 years in England with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League.

The Nigeria international, who played at last year's World Cup, had been linked with moves to Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, as well as Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, before agreeing to sign for Boro.

Tony Pulis' side sit fifth in the Championship table after 28 matches, seven points behind leaders Leeds United.

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has joined Reading on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has made just one appearance for the Gunners in 2018-19, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag at Emirates Stadium in December.

Martinez, who spent last term with Getafe in LaLiga, will now spend the rest of this season at Madejski Stadium.

"I am delighted we have been able to attract a goalkeeper of Emi's undoubted ability to Reading," manager Jose Gomes told the club's website after Martinez completed his medical on Wednesday. 

"He will provide excellent competition for the goalkeeper's position and adds quality to our group. I look forward to working with him on the training ground for the first time later today."

Martinez joined Arsenal from Independiente in 2010 but has managed only 14 competitive appearances.

Reading are 22nd in the Championship table after 28 matches and two points from safety.

England and Chelsea great Ashley Cole has linked up with his former team-mate Frank Lampard by joining Derby County until the end of the season.

West Brom moved up to third in the Championship table as they deepened the gloom at Bolton Wanderers with a 2-0 victory over their relegation-threatened hosts on Monday.

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