Referee claims Alan Judge called him a ‘cheating bald c***’ before clash


eferee Darren Drysdale is free to officiate again after being given a backdated ban for improper conduct following his clash with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge.

Drysdale locked heads with Judge when the player contested his decision not to award a penalty while he was refereeing a 0-0 draw with Northampton on February 16.

Drysdale, who admitted a breach of FA rules and apologised for his actions, has been handed a back-dated four-match suspension which ran from February 19 to March 10. The 49-year-old has also been warned about his future conduct.

At a hearing, an independent regulatory commission was told Judge swore at Drysdale and called him a “cheating bald c***”.

Drysdale said the abuse he received from Judge was “the worst he had experienced as a referee”.

In the written reasons for the verdict published by the FA, Drysdale said he reacted to a “tirade of abuse” from Judge.

Drysdale said: “Alan Judge, in my opinion, exaggerates his fall in a desperate attempt to gain a penalty kick for his team. I then processed what had happened for a few seconds before blowing my whistle and decided to caution Alan Judge for an act of trying to deceive a match official.

“As I blew my whistle Alan Judge shouted aggressively in a loud voice at me and from a distance of only 5 metres “It’s a fucking penalty you cheating bald c***!”

“Reacting completely out of character, I took exception to what I considered to be an offensive comment. I walked towards Alan Judge who then continued his tirade of abuse as he then, what I deemed as, aggressively and provokingly pointed his finger towards my face and shouted, “You’re a fucking cheating c***!”.

“I accept that I should not have moved my head towards Alan Judge as this only inflamed the situation. At no time was there any physical contact between myself and Alan Judge.

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