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Rare football scene as referee almost fights player before showing yellow card [Photos]

FOOTBALL By Mirror | February 17th 2021
Referee Darren Drysdale's altercation with Ipswich's Alan Judge during Tuesday night's draw against Northampton. (Image: MatchDay Images Limited)

Referee Darren Drysdale has been charged by the FA over his altercation with Ipswich's Alan Judge during Tuesday night's draw against Northampton.

Drysdale squared up to Judge as the Tractor Boys midfielder remonstrated over one of his decisions, appearing to nudge his head towards that of the player.

Players from both sides then separated the duo before Judge was shown a yellow card.

An FA statement read: "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."

Drysdale sent off Ipswich's Flynn Downes in stoppage time (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday, he said: "I've text Mike Jones (EFL head of referees) this morning to say have a look at the footage of the head thing.

"To me, in my opinion, it looks as if the referee went in there and I said to him after the game, 'Did you put your head in my player?'

"He couldn't answer it and that's the reason I spoke to Mike. I haven't seen that in a long, long while."

Drysdale later issued an apology to Judge.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“I’m sorry that I did not do that last night and I can only apologise to Alan and Ipswich Town.

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