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Judge: Matter With Referee Closed
Wednesday, 17th Feb 2021 21:48

Blues midfielder Alan Judge says as far as he’s concerned the incident with referee Darren Drysdale during last night’s 0-0 draw with Northampton was closed the moment he left the field.

Referee Drysdale squared-up to the Irishman after penalising him for an alleged dive towards the end of the match.

“Referees have a tough job to do and it was heat of the moment stuff that happens in football,” Judge told the club site.

“The photo makes it look worse than it was and to be honest, the matter was finished with from my end as soon as I walked off the pitch.

“I wasn’t looking for the referee to apologise; I wasn’t looking for him to be charged. There was never going to be a complaint from me and I made that clear. Like I said, for me, it was finished with straight away.”

Drysdale, who has been charged by the FA, issued an apology to Judge and the club via Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) earlier today.

Photo: Matchday Images

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uppersirbob added 21:54 - Feb 17
Class response from judge

Broganonthewing added 22:11 - Feb 17
Good for Judge, he could have collapsed on the floor as though he had been shot, he is a proper footballer!

Saxonblue74 added 22:13 - Feb 17
A lot of contradiction between players and manager at the moment! He's right not to make a complaint, it's a big boys game. That said, the ref did act very inappropriately so correct for the authorities to act.

Michael101 added 22:28 - Feb 17
Good job he don't p!ay for man cheety or chelski a t of there players would enrolling around as if they had shot.

ArnieM added 22:28 - Feb 17
Yes the ref did act very inappropriately, but I wonder what Judge said to him to make him act in such a way.... I doubt it was something like, “are you blind ref?” I notice Judge hasn’t offered an apology for his part in it all.

runningout added 22:40 - Feb 17
Agree! Judge not quick explaining what he said. He Hasn’t covered himself well. Goings on at our club will not improve with weak and Quiet stance

MickMillsTash added 23:02 - Feb 17
I don't care - SACK LAMBERT

Dolphinblue added 06:33 - Feb 18
Atm Judge if played in best position is our best performing player...

ArnieM added 07:39 - Feb 18
But his discipline isn’t

timmy2guns added 07:56 - Feb 18
@ArnieM - agree takes two to tango and interestingly talk sport we’re calling Judge out yesterday to come out and explain what he said in the first instance. Refs get too much abuse everyone is guilty of it at every level, needs a shift change in culture - and arguably this should come from the top with the role models as well as the bottom up approach taken by the FA

Monkey_Blue added 08:22 - Feb 18
It was 100% a penalty though

Webby1 added 09:26 - Feb 18
Class response from Judge,he could have made a meal of that situation, was absolutely a penalty. Having said that Town never deserved to win that game.And I will watch again on Saturday

Skip73 added 10:27 - Feb 18
Imagine it had been Bruno Penandes. He'd still be rolling around now.

Barty added 10:34 - Feb 18
Well done Alan - very professional response but the referee cant get away with that [ players would be shown red ] and ref did not give an absolutely 100% penalty . The ref should be retained and fined for his unacceptable behaviour and must never be allowed to ref a Town game again


Barty added 10:37 - Feb 18
sorry - should be retrained - typo

runningout added 11:34 - Feb 18
Sounds like ref has assaulted poor Alan after his what must have been polite words. Class act??

Bazza8564 added 11:43 - Feb 18
Ref will pay the penalty through the association, well done to Judgey for his attitude, now lets not use that or anything else as an excuse for our continued failure. Lack of anything coming from ME on Lamberts future is more of a concern.

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