Referee squares up to Ipswich Town player in astonishing League One moment

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Ipswich Town's League One clash against Northampton Town almost descended into chaos after Referee Darren Drysdale was seen squaring up to a player.

Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge appeared to take offence to something Drysdale said when awarding a free-kick on the edge of the Northampton box.

It then appeared that Drysdale said something back to him, before the two exchanged verbals.

Then, bizarrely, the referee walked over to Judge – much the shorter man – and pushed his head forwards in a confrontational manner.

Two Northampton players intervened to pull the referee away while two other Ipswich players attempted to confront him.

Judge received a yellow card for his role in the incident.

His team-mate Flynn Downes was then sent off in stoppage time, completing a surreal sequence of events.

Judge was apparently booked for trying to win a penalty in the dying minutes of the game, but was judged to have dived.

Drysdale is an established referee, and worked in the Premier League as an assistant in 1998.

He even earned a place in Graham Poll's officiating team for the FA Cup final in 2000, acting as a linesman.

As well as working in football, Drysdale is also a sergeant in the RAF at Waddington.

In 2004, he was named 'Combined Services Sports Official of the Year' for his work within the RAF and within sport.

But at the time he was positioned in the middle east, meaning he was unable to collect the award, which his parents received from Princess Anne on his behalf.

Drysdale, 49, was previously a UEFA listed assistant referee.

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