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Darren Drysdale has been charged by FA for an incident involving Ipswich Town midfielder Alan Judge.
An FA statement reads: "Darren Drysdale has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following last night's EFL League One game between Ipswich Town FC and Northampton Town FC.
"It is alleged that the match official's behaviour during the 90th minute of the game amounts to improper conduct and he has until Thursday 4 March 2021 to provide a response."
The update comes after the ref apologised for the incident in which he clashed with Judge, stating that he failed to maintain his composure.
He said via Professional Game Match Officials Limited: "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."
The PGMOL statement added: "As The FA are now investigating the incident in line with their usual disciplinary process it would not be appropriate to make any further comments."
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert had hit out at the official beforehand, calling for an investigation.
"I've texted Mike Jones [EFL head of referees] this morning to say have a look at the footage of the head thing," Lambert told Talksport.
"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."
Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish both said the FA should not issue a charge following the incident, with the extent not yet decided.
Mings Tweeted: “Everyone makes mistakes…..nothing to see here.”
Grealish added: “Ah come on?! No need to apologise at all! I think it’s brilliant."
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