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Darren Drysdale charged by the FA after clash with Ipswich Town's Alan Judge




Referee Darren Drysdale has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following Tuesday's incident with Ipswich Town midfielder Alan Judge.

Yesterday the official apologised for locking heads with Judge towards the end of the 0-0 draw with Northampton Town at Portman Road.

However, that has not stopped the game's governing body from issuing a charge, to which he has until March 4 to respond.

Judge, meanwhile, has revealed he did not want to see Drysdale punished.

Speaking to Ipswich's website, the Republic of Ireland international said: “Referees have a tough job to do and it was heat of the moment stuff that happens in football.

“The photo makes it look worse than it was and to be honest, the matter was finished with from my end as soon as I walked off the pitch.

Alan Judge says the matter is closed as far as he is concerned. Picture: ITFC
Alan Judge says the matter is closed as far as he is concerned. Picture: ITFC

“I wasn’t looking for the referee to apologise; I wasn’t looking for him to be charged. There was never going to be a complaint from me and I made that clear. Like I said, for me it was finished with straight away.”

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