Alan Judge has outrightly refuted accusations made against him by referee Darren Drysdale which claim the Ipswich player called the ref two C words - one publishable, the other not - in the moments before their altercation last month
Drysdale had apologised for the incident and accepted a backdated four-match suspension for a squaring up to the Ireland international.
However, in relaying his version of events, Drysdale alleged that Judge derided his character (and his lack of hair) in the moments before the incident.
Here's Drysdale's version of events:
"Alan Judge, in my opinion, exaggerates his fall in a desperate attempt to gain a penalty kick for his team.
"I then processed what had happened for a few seconds before blowing my whistle and decided to caution Alan Judge for an act of trying to deceive a match official.
"As I blew my whistle Alan Judge shouted aggressively in a loud voice at me and from a distance of only five metres: 'It's a fucking penalty you cheating bald c***!'
Speaking to the Ipswich Town website last night, Judge issued a robust rebuttal of Drysdale's accusations. Judge said he used the F word but not the C word.
“I didn’t want to make anything of it because it’s a tough job being a referee but I’m not going to keep quiet when I’ve been accused of calling the referee a cheat and using the C word.
“I’ll admit using the F word but I said to him ‘you have got to be F…… joking me and I said that a couple of times to him. I never used the C word. I don't use that word and I didn't call him a cheat.
“My mum passed away last week - which is far more important than this - and I don’t need this hassle to be honest. Like I said, the matter was closed but I’ve got a decent reputation in the game and I won’t stand by and be accused of saying something I didn’t and not responding.