Darren Drysdale apologized for the occurrence amid Sky Bet League One match up on Tuesday; official and Alan Judge traded words amid last miniature at Portman Street; Ipswich boss Paul Lambert had encouraged FA to “do the proper thing” in its examination of the occurrence.
Referee Darren Drysdale has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after squaring up to and pressing heads against Ipswich Town’s Alan Judge in their 0-0 draw with Northampton.
Drysdale and Judge exchanged words in the 90th minute after the midfielder’s appeal for a penalty had been turned down before the 49-year-old Lincolnshire official leant into Judge.
Ipswich combine Flynn Downes and Jack Lankester and Northampton shield Lloyd Jones ventured in and calmed the circumstance some time recently Drysdale booked Judge.
Drysdale released a statement saying: “I fully understand that it is important for us as referees to maintain our composure throughout the game and always engage with players in a professional manner.”
In a statement, the FA said: “Darren Drysdale has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following last night’s EFL League One game between Ipswich Town FC and Northampton Town FC.
“It is alleged that the match official’s behaviour during the 90th minute of the game amounts to improper conduct and he has until Thursday 4 March 2021 to provide a response.”
Speaking after the game, Ipswich boss Paul Lambert had urged the FA to “do the right thing” in its handling of the incident and confirmed that he had spoken to Mike Jones (head of EFL referees) regarding it.
“I think the apology is very soft – it’s easy to say sorry after the event,” Lambert told Sky Sports News. “What happened was incredible, I’ve never seen that, for a referee to go head-to-head with a player.
“He had to get pulled away by the Northampton players and at that time he’s out of control. What would have happened to Alan Judge if he’d done that to the referee? He’d have been looking at a six-month ban, a one-year ban and a massive fine.”
Drysdale, who was appointed to the National List of referees covering EFL games in 2004, has also been a FIFA and UEFA assistant referee and was an assistant referee at the 2000 FA Cup final.
‘Keeping calm is everything for a referee’
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said Drysdale made the crucial mistake of losing his calmness and composure – something all referees must always have.
“It’s great that he’s apologised, that’s first class and it acknowledges that he lost his composure for a few seconds on the pitch,” he said.