Referee squares up to Ipswich Town player in bizarre altercation
It at least injected a bit of drama into the bore draw
Fans were left shocked by the sight of referee Darren Drysdale squaring up to Ipswich Town's Alan Judge during a 0-0 draw with Northampton at Portman Road on Tuesday night.
The booking appeared to be for a supposed dive, after Judge tumbled in the box and appealed for a penalty. Play continued and after a subsequent challenge saw the ball go out of play, Drysdale called Judge over for a chat.
Words were said, and seemingly provoked the referee into squaring up to the player - the sort of thing players have been sent off for in the past. Drysdale then brandished a yellow card.
Referee Darren Drysdale appeared to square up to Alan Judge before booking the Ipswich player in their goalless draw against Northampton this evening. pic.twitter.com/ZexMTxYIx7
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 16, 2021
Let's break that down.
The ball then goes out of play, and the referee blows his whistle before calling Judge over for a word.
Drysdale then rather suddenly starts walking towards Judge and doesn't stop until he's about a centimetre from his face.
FIGHT. FIGHT. FIGHT.
HOLD ME BACK, BRUV. HOLD ME BACK.
Yellow card, seems fair. Oh, wait, that's for Judge and not for himself?