Ipswich boss orders investigation into referee’s Alan Judge altercation

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert wants the EFL to investigate referee Darren Drysdale’s confrontation with his player Alan Judge during Tuesday’s League One match against Northampton.

The 49-year-old Lincolnshire official appeared to square up to Judge and lean his head into the Republic of Ireland international after the midfielder’s appeal for a penalty had been turned down.

And Lambert appears far from happy with the standard of officiating he saw during the match at Portman Road.

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.

Referee Darren Drysdale appeared to clash with Alan Judge

“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.”

The incident happened in the closing stages of the goalless draw at Portman Road.

Ipswich pair Flynn Downes and Jack Lankester and Northampton defender Lloyd Jones stepped in and calmed the situation before Drysdale booked Judge.

The Football Association confirmed on Wednesday morning it is aware of the incident.

Flynn Downes was shown a red card in injury time
Flynn Downes was shown a red card in injury time

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.

Ipswich sit in 11th place in League One, and next take on Oxford United on Saturday as they look to get back in the hunt for a playoff place.

The Tractor Boys are currently just four points behind sixth placed Sunderland and are looking to win promotion back to the Championship.

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