The referee Darren Drysdale has been removed from Saturday’s League Two fixture between Southend and Bolton, the EFL has confirmed.

Drysdale was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Wednesday over his confrontation with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge.

The 50-year-old Lincolnshire official appeared to square up to Judge and lean his head into the Republic of Ireland international after the midfielder’s appeal for a penalty was turned down during Ipswich’s goalless draw with Northampton on Tuesday evening.

The Southend v Bolton fixture at Roots Hall, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, will now be officiated by Declan Bourne.



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