BLUES boss Phil Brown is still waiting to discover the length of Anton Ferdinand’s ban.

Ferdinand was sent off for foul and abusive language aimed towards referee Darren Handley following the final whistle at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

But Brown is not yet sure how long the Shrimpers skipper will be missing for.

“We’re still waiting to find out what’s going to happen with Anton,” said the Blues boss.

“After the game on Saturday I went to see the referee and I spoke to him about Anton.

“What he said to me about what had happened and what had been said was quite damning towards Anton.

“But I’m not sure what he will have included in his report and we’ve yet to hear about the length of the suspension.

“We will just have to take whatever is thrown our way and get on with it the best we can.”

Ferdinand - who gave away a penalty in the second half after bringing down Alfie May - had previously never been sent off in English football.

But Brown added he would be talking to the defender about his first dismissal.

“I’ll wait until I get a copy of the referee’s report and then I’ll sit down for a long chat with Anton about it all,” said Brown.

“It was poor from him but when I spoke to him after the game he said he didn’t deserve to be sent off.”

Ferdinand - who has started 12 of Blues’ 15 games so far this season - is due to receive a two match suspension according to the Football Association’s website.

If that ban is confirmed then the 32-year-old would miss Saturday’s trip to Wigan Athletic this weekend along with Tuesday night’s clash against Peterborough United at Roots Hall.