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It was one of the most remarkable images of the week, especially for the apparent intention that seemed to be shown.
When Alan Judge of Ipswich Town gave the referee, Darren Drysdale, a bit of verbalization, he probably didn’t expect the towering Army Sergeant to confront him in an incredibly threatening way, it must be said.
Quickly pushed away by the players before things escalated to a point of no return, Drysdale quickly regained his composure, but he will have known immediately that his trade-off would have consequences.
At the time of writing this report, they have yet to make up their minds, but the official has received a wave of support, most notably from esteemed soccer expert Colin Murray.
“The FA does not need to set an example for Darren Drysdale, but should lead by example using common sense and compassion,” he wrote in his column for Meter.
“We certainly cannot have referees and players face to face, but that is not a real problem facing football today. It almost never happens.
“Constant verbal abuse and physical intimidation of referees by players, on the other hand, occurs in almost every game.
“So if the book is getting ready to be thrown in Drysdale, then I’m sure those calling for its severe punishment will also support extended bans for any player, manager or coaching staff that surrounds the referees in numbers, or approaches them, faces growled and swore words out of their mouths.
“Otherwise, the hypocrisy is there for all to see.”
While Drysdale’s actions cannot be tolerated, as Murray eloquently puts it, they are understandable.
Perhaps it is about time the powers that be decided to use a little common sense.
It would necessarily set a precedent, but it would demonstrate that there is an understanding that every situation is different and must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis accordingly.