The EFL has confirmed that referee Darren Driesdale has been ruled out of Saturday’s League 2 match between Southhand and Bolton.
The Football Association on Wednesday charged Drisdale with misconduct following a clash with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge.
Darren Driesdale and Judge Alan locked the madman in the head for a moment
The 50-year-old Lincolnshire manager turned against the judge and bowed his head to the Republic of Ireland International. The midfielder drew level on penalties and Ipswich were goalless on Tuesday night against Northampton.
Driesdale, who apologized for his actions, will be removed from the EFL nomination list this weekend and Declan Bourne will now officiate at the Southend vs Bolton match at Roots Hall.
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert, who criticized Drysdale’s behavior, called for an investigation into the case in an exclusive interview with Toxport on Wednesday.
The judge did not echo his management sentiments, but instead told the Ipswich website: “Referees have a hard job, it’s the heat of the moment in football.
“The photo looked worse than that and to be honest the case ended as soon as I stepped off the pitch.
Dean Ashton says players, supporters and everyone involved in football should be ashamed of treating referees and that as a player he regrets talking to officials.
“I did not ask the referee to apologize; I did not seek to be charged. He never received a complaint from me, I made it clear. Like I said, for me – it was over soon.
Driesdale, who has until March 4 to respond to the FA, said in a statement issued by Professional Game Match Officers Ltd. before being indicted: “I understand he is important to us as referees. Match. Play the game and always interact with the players in a professional way.
“Sorry, I didn’t do this last night. I can only apologize to Alan and Ipswich.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara was sympathetic to Drysdayle and loved the referee’s attempt to mark his authority over the game.
O’Hara told Thursday’s Toxport Breakfast: “He’s a little overweight, but out of the 22 players on the pitch, all of these people are abusive and he doesn’t. I have nothing worse than a weak referee.
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Jamie O’Hara of Toxport thinks the incident happened too much
“They are losing control of the game. I didn’t care about it, I would respect it as a player. I would have been the “little OTT mate” but I respect him because he immediately marked his authority.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“Ipswich is very bad now and they are not performing,” Paul Lambert said.