Darren Drysdale has apologised for his confrontation with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge on Tuesday.
The surreal incident took place during the Tractor Boys’ goalless draw with Northampton Town at Portman Road.
The 49-year-old Lincolnshire official appeared to square up to Judge and lean his head into the Republic of Ireland international.
It came as a tight affair approached full-time, after the ex-Brentford man’s appeal for a penalty had been turned down during the League One clash.
The official then booked Judge before play restarted. He would then send off Judge's Ipswich teammate Flynn Downes in stoppage time.
“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,” Drysdale said in a statement released by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.
“I’m sorry that I did not do that last night and I can only apologise to Alan and Ipswich Town.”
An investigation has been launched by the FA into the incident.
Ipswich boss Paul Lambert admitted on Wednesday: "I've text Mike Jones (EFL head of referees) this morning to say have a look at the footage of the head thing.
"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 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.”
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.
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