Ref Darren Drysdale slammed for squaring up to Ipswich star in shocking scenes

There was an extraordinary moment in League One last night as referee Darren Drysdale appeared to lock heads with Ipswich Town’s Alan Judge during the side’s clash with Northampton Town – and former official Mark Halsey has called for a full investigation into the incident.

Words were exchanged between Drysdale and Judge after the latter was pulled up for simulation in the dying moments of the game and what happened next stunned viewers and overshadowed the goalless draw at Portman Road.

Drysdale, seemingly enraged at the reaction to his decision, moved his head towards Judge before players from both teams jumped in to diffuse the situation and the Ipswich midfielder was booked.

‘Darren Drysdale showed a lack of self-control when he squared up to Ipswich’s Alan Judge,’ Halsey told The Sun.

‘Irrespective of what has gone before in the match, referees should never put themselves in that position.

‘Discipline is vital for an official and the footage and pictures from Portman Road did not look good as players from both teams ushered the experienced Drysdale away.

‘I’m sure the PGMOL will conduct an investigation into what happened and it will be interesting to see if Ipswich now make a complaint to the EFL.’

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert was adamant Judge had not dived and approached Drysdale on the pitch shortly after the final whistle before questioning the decision during his post-match media duties.

‘I thought we should have had a penalty with Judgey’s one,’ he told reporters.

‘I’ve seen it back and I think he gets caught with the trailing leg.’

The result leaves the Tractor Boys just four points off the playoff spots in 11th place, while Northampton remain in the relegation zone in 21st.

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