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JUDGE ON REFEREE CONTROVERSY

17 February 2021

“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"

Alan Judge has said the incident with referee Darren Drysdale was closed, as far as he was concerned, as soon as he walked off the pitch last night.

The referee has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after appearing to confront the Town midfielder during the closing stages of the goalless draw against Northampton at Portman Road.

Drysdale issued an apology to the Club and Alan through the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited), 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. I’m sorry that I did not do that last night and I can only apologise to Alan and Ipswich Town.”

Alan told the Club website: “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.

“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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