Darren Drysdale, the referee accused by the FA of improper conduct for playing against Alan Judge of Ipswich, is still not assigned to EFL matches.
Drysdale, 50, was took time off for Saturday’s Ligue 2 game between Southend and Bolton.
He was excluded from midweek fixtures and will not officiate again next weekend.
Video footage of last week’s incident, which saw Drysdale put pressure on the judge in Ipswich’s 0-0 draw with Northampton, has been viewed, shared and loved hundreds of thousands of times on social media social.
Drysdale apologized for the incident, but the judge replied that there was no need to apologize for the confrontation.
The two exchanged words in the 90th minute after the midfielder’s appeal for a penalty was dismissed before the 49-year-old Lincolnshire official looked into the judge.
Ipswich pair Flynn Downes and Jack Lankester and Northampton defender Lloyd Jones stepped in and calmed things down before Drysdale signed Judge.
The judge said: “There was no need to apologize. I wasn’t looking for one or looking for any action to take. In football, everyone knows that things happen in the heat of the moment. ‘action in a game. We all make mistakes and for me that’s the end of it all. “
In a statement last week, the FA said: “Darren Drysdale has been charged with a breach of FA E3 rule following last night’s EFL League One game between Ipswich Town FC and the Northampton Town FC.
“It is alleged that the behavior of the match official during the 90th minute of the match amounts to misconduct and he has until Thursday March 4, 2021 to provide a response.”
Drysdale, who was named to the national referee roster covering EFL matches in 2004, has also served as FIFA and UEFA assistant referee and was assistant referee in the 2000 FA Cup final.