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    All appointments have been sourced from the Premier League, Football League and the FA.


    All the match officials for upcoming fixtures in England will be displayed as and when they are they released. Click below to view a league/cup's fixtures.

    Premier League

    Saturday 4th March

    Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth
    Assistants: D Cann, M Wilkes
    Fourth official: Lee Probert

    Leicester City v Hull City
    Assistants: S Long, D Eaton
    Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

    Stoke City v Middlesbrough
    Assistants: I Hussin, S Ledger
    Fourth official: Paul Tierney

    Swansea City v Burnley
    Assistants: J Collin, S Bennett
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    Watford v Southampton
    Assistants: E Smart, H Lennard
    Fourth official: James Linington

    West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
    Assistants: A Garratt, M Scholes
    Fourth official: Mark Clattenburg

    Liverpool v Arsenal
    Assistants: P Kirkup, M Perry
    Fourth official: Andre Marriner

    Sunday 5th March

    Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
    Assistants: S Burt, C Hatzidakis
    Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
    ASunderland v Manchester City
    Assistants: S Child, A Holmes
    Fourth official: Paul Tierney

    Monday 6th March

    West Ham United v Chelsea
    Assistants: S Beck, R West
    Fourth official: Mike Dean

    SkyBet Championship

    Friday 3rd March

    Birmingham City v Leeds United
    John Flynn and Mark Pottage
    Fourth Official Trevor Kettle

    Saturday 4th March

    Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic
    Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton
    Fourth Official Andy Haines

    Bristol City v Burton Albion
    Dave Bryan and Mick McDonough
    Fourth Official Brendan Malone

    Derby County v Barnsley
    Nick Greenhalgh and Billy Smallwood
    Fourth Official Kevin Johnson

    Fulham v Preston North End
    Robert Hyde and Daniel Robathan
    Fourth Official Darren Deadman

    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United
    Daniel Cook and Andy Halliday
    Fourth Official David Coote

    Ipswich Town v Brentford
    Adam Crysell and Nigel Lugg
    Fourth Official Lee Swabey

    Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion
    Neil Davies and James Wilson
    Fourth Official Darren Bond

    Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City
    Daniel Leach and Timothy Wood
    Fourth Official Tim Robinson

    Reading v Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Mark Russell and Steven Meredith
    Fourth Official Robert Dabbs

    Rotherham United v Aston Villa
    David Avent and Jonathan Hunt
    Fourth Official Richard Clark

    Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City
    Paul Hodskinson and Geoffrey Russell
    Fourth Official Geoff Eltringham

    Tuesday 7th March

    Birmingham City v Wigan Athletic
    Christopher Akers and Akil Howson
    Fourth Official Darren Drysdale

    Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City
    Tony Peart and David Avent
    Fourth Official Andrew Madley

    Bristol City v Norwich City
    Mark Jones and Andrew Fox
    Fourth Official Christopher Sarginson

    Derby County v Preston North End
    James Wilson and Steven Meredith
    Fourth Official John Brooks

    Fulham v Leeds United
    Matthew Wilkes and Daniel Cook
    Fourth Official Oliver Langford

    Huddersfield Town v Aston Villa
    Matthew McGrath and Billy Smallwood
    Fourth Official Jeremy Simpson

    Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Darren Blunden and Daniel Leach
    Fourth Official Simon Hooper

    Nottingham Forest v Brentford
    Jonathan Hunt and Nick Hopton
    Fourth Official Darren England

    Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley
    Nigel Lugg and Robert Hyde
    Fourth Official Nicholas Kinseley

    Reading v Newcastle United
    Ian Cooper and Adam Crysell
    Fourth Official Keith Stroud

    Rotherham United v Brighton & Hove Albion
    James Mainwaring and Nick Greenhalgh
    Fourth Official Christopher Kavanagh

    Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion
    Shaun Hudson and Mark Dwyer
    Fourth Official Mark Brown

    Sky Bet League One

    Saturday 4th March

    Bolton Wanderers v AFC Wimbledon
    Matthew Parry and Neil Radford
    Fourth Official Martin Coy

    Bradford City v Peterborough United
    Paul Thompson and Geoffrey Liddle
    Fourth Official Steven Copeland

    Bury v Gillingham
    James Bell and Robert Atkin
    Fourth Official Christopher Akers

    Millwall v Milton Keynes Dons
    Alix Pashley and Ashvin Degnarain
    Fourth Official Akil Howson

    Northampton Town v Charlton Athletic
    Daniel Cook and Ian Dudley
    Fourth Official Kevin Howick

    Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
    Paul Hobday and Marc Wilson
    Fourth Official Dave Bushell

    Rochdale v Sheffield United
    Steven Rushton and Gary Hilton
    Fourth Official Matthew Dicicco

    Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town
    Michael George and Mark Jones
    Fourth Official Ricky Wootton

    Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City
    Richard Bartlett and Peter Gibbons
    Fourth Official Kevin Morris

    Southend United v Port Vale
    Ian Rathbone and Matthew Lee
    Fourth Official Darren Blunden

    Swindon Town v Chesterfield
    Justin Amey and Stuart Butler
    Fourth Official Samuel Allison

    Walsall v Oldham Athletic
    Iain Siddall and Declan Ford
    Fourth Official Marvyn Amphlett

    Tuesday 7th March

    Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe United
    Declan Ford and Matthew Lee
    Fourth Official David Rock
    Oxford United v Sheffield United
    Eddie Smart and Darren Cann
    Fourth Official Gavin Ward

    Sky Bet League Two

    Saturday 4th March

    Accrington Stanley v Barnet
    Billy Khatib and Danny Markham
    Fourth Official Mark Dwyer

    Blackpool v Morecambe
    Matthew McGrath and Philip Dermott
    Fourth Official Tom Nield

    Cambridge United v Colchester United
    Lee Venamore and Ravel Cheosiaua
    Fourth Official Garry Maskell

    Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town
    Joe Clark and Christopher Wade
    Fourth Official Andrew Fox

    Crawley Town v Doncaster Rovers
    Josh Smith and Gavin Muge
    Fourth Official Anthony Da Costa

    Grimsby Town v Wycombe Wanderers
    Nigel Smith and Ian Smedley
    Fourth Official Thomas Bramall

    Hartlepool United v Exeter City
    David Benton and Stephen Wade
    Fourth Official Graeme Fyvie

    Newport County v Leyton Orient
    John Law and Richard Hulme
    Fourth Official Craig Taylor

    Plymouth Argyle v Carlisle United
    Adrian Tranter and Mark Derrien
    Fourth Official Adrian Quelch

    Portsmouth v Crewe Alexandra
    Ian Fissenden and Christopher Kidd
    Fourth Official Graham Kane

    Stevenage v Notts County
    Adrian Waters and Stephen Finch
    Fourth Official Ian Cooper

    Yeovil Town v Luton Town
    Louis Marks and Andrew Quin
    Fourth Official Adam Matthews

    Tuesday 7th March

    Crawley Town v Portsmouth
    Paul Kelly and Garry Maskell
    Fourth Official Charles Breakspear
    Plymouth Argyle v Blackpool
    Justin Amey and Simon Knapp
    Fourth Official Brett Huxtable

    The FA Cup

    Wednesday 1st March

    Manchester City v Huddersfield
    Harry Lennard and Simon Lonh
    Fourth Official: Jon Moss

    EFL Cup 

    EFL Trophy

    Wednesday 1st March

    Luton Town v Oxford United

    Chris Husband and Craig Taylor
    Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

      Alan Biggs is joined by former referee Dean Mohareb and Premier League winner Chris Sutton to discuss all the action from the weekend's football. Joey Barton is in discussion after an incident in the FA Cup where Lincoln City provided the big upset of the 5th round. Also in discussion is Mark Clattenburg's exit from the Premier League. Widely regarded as the world's best, he has moved on to Saudi Arabia and the panel give their reaction. And with his departure, comes the promotion of three officials from the Select Group 2....

        Goal-line Technology

        Goal-line technology is to be introduced in the Championship from the start of next season in a move welcomed by You Are The Ref. Clubs have agreed "in principle" to use goalline technology from the start of next season.

        Clubs agreed to the decision on Thursday and it will be presented at the EFL annual general meeting in June. Our experts have repeatedly called for it to be introduced and the move will see Hawk-eye technology installed at all Championship clubs in order to assist referees and their assistants.

        SimiLar technology has been in operation in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season and is also already utilised in the latter stages of the EFL Cup and the Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs.
        Keith Hackett said: "I'm really delighted to see this development. There is so much money riding on clubs getting to the Championship that having this proven system is a must."

          Scott Duncan

          Last night, late in the Championship game between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers, referee Scott Duncan ruled out what would have been an equalising Rovers goal.

          What happened next stirred an echo of an unwelcome piece of history on the same ground.
          Blackburn's Hope Akpan ran towards the referee and with both hands pushed him in the chest in a clear assault on the official.

          Duncan, although taken by surprise, was able to maintain his balance and not fall backwards onto the field.

          I am sure many older spectators present at the game would remember when one of their favourite players, Italian Paolo Di Canio, pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after Di Canio had been shown a red card following a clash with Arsenal's Martin Keown.

          Many Wednesday fans even to this day question the validity of Alcock going to ground and much humour
          has surrounded a serious incident.

          There is no doubt that it was rather theatrical, but in defence of the referee he would have been surprised by the action of the Wednesday player. The Football Association acted quickly and dispensed an eleven game ban (the statutory three for violent conduct Plus a further eight) and £10,000 fine sending out a message that this action by any player would not be tolerated.

          Given the debate on Respect and assaults on referees at grassroots level, the FA must act swiftly and hand out a similar punishment to Hope Akpan for the unforgivable act of laying hands on a referee.

            Author: Alan Biggs


            Mike Dean and Stuart Attwell find themselves in the Championship this weekend - out of respect to the competition.

            Dean is in charge of Saturday's Yorkshire derby between Barnsley and Leeds while, on the Friday night, Attwell presides over Brighton versus Sheffield Wednesday. Both games are live on television in front of potentially near capacity crowds and a substantial viewing audience. All four teams involved are pushing towards the top of the Championship.

            Although Dean has been at the centre of controversy recently, his absence from the top flight this weekend is in no way a reflection of that.

            The latest round of Premier League fixtures is relatively low profile, giving an opportunity for two Select Group referees to be deployed in major games in a much respected competition.

            "This is standard practice and in no way reflects on Mike - or Stuart, for that matter," said former referees' chief Keith Hackett.

            "I am all for more accountability and feel this is lacking.

            "However, Mike has come through two games, one in the FA Cup, relatively well since the controversial calls of the West Ham v Manchester United match.

            "He is an excellent referee and the Premier League needs him. But I can understand his redeployment this weekend.

            "I also applaud Stuart Attwell's appointment for a huge game in Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday.

            "No-one should get the idea either has been dropped or demoted.

            "When that happens they are usually a fourth official somewhere - certainly not refereeing games of this magnitude."

              Joining Alan Biggs on the show this week are former Sheffield Wednesday and England striker David Hirst, and ex PGMOL chief Keith Hackett. In discussion are the performances of the officials in what was described as another successful week. One or two incidents are still up for debate however, including the game at Old Trafford and others, including in the Championship. The panel also pay tribute to Graham Taylor who sadly passed away last week.

                Clement Turpin
                French referee Clement Turpin was 'excellent' in Germany v Northern Ireland during Euro 2016

                I spent a few weeks of my summer out in France at the Euros, and one thing you had to admit was that the standard of refereeing was good. I certainly don't remember a whole bunch of controversies the likes of which we have seen in this country over the last few weeks, and which has led to calls, from as close to home as Keith Hackett of this very parish, for the use of referees from further afield.

                Now there is a major drawback in bringing foreign refs in, I'd be the first to admit, in that our home-grown hopefuls are entitled to look at such an innovation, and ask, why put an obstacle in their road as they work hard and aspire to promotion and the highest-level appointments that come with it.

                I know many managers who feel aggrieved that a similar situation already applies for them and that foreign coaches get an unfair shot at jobs they might reasonably have expected to get at least short-listed for.

                That does not mean we can afford to let things continue as they are, however, with so many decisions requiring retrospective action and serious errors affecting the outcome of some very important domestic fixtures.

                And, while we have to be careful, we also have to ensure somehow that the vast majority of decisions are correct. It's not as if it's just the highest level, by any means, that is going through all this.

                At the radio station I get emailed by fans from the Championship who regularly say, if you think the Elite Panel is bad, you should take a good look at this lot! I fear that the standards in the Championship and further down are really suffering... and there is no point hiding from it.

                Gianni Infantino

                While I wasn't personally looking for any big changes in the format of what is football's biggest stage, the World Cup, I must admit I see some upsides to the recent FIFA members' vote and one of them would surely mean an increase in the squad of referees, given the proposed increase of games from 64 to 80.

                If I was to put my Scotland hat on for a moment, you also have the consensus view that it will be easier to qualify, but the main priority for me is that the profile of the game is raised in otherwise relatively unexplored territories.

                Let's face it, we can't change the decision to expand now anyway, and the objections of the clubs, I feel, are rooted more in wringing extra cash from TV coffers than in anything else.

                The signs are that any negative impacts on our league system will be kept to a minimum, anyway, and if we do go to knock-out rounds sooner, that format has always been my preference over domestic or international leagues, which themselves tend to be a result of putting money first.

                So, why don't we take this opportunity to improve quality across the board, because new blood is needed and the opportunities will only increase as we we are served up more of the product of football.

                Let's just make sure that, whatever else happens, the referees who are promoted are always good enough. Whoever we welcome to our game, and whatever new horizons are opened up, surely no one can have any quibbles with that.

                Until next time you can catch me on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast every week day on TalkSPORT, 6-10am.

                  Peter Bankes

                  Officiating a local derby game is always a real test for a referee, an opportunity to gain further valuable experience and measure his ability.

                  I watched very closely the performance of Select Group 2 referee Peter Bankes in the Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley game this midweek. This official demonstrated a very good standard of fitness and covered a lot of ground ensuring that he was in close proximity to play when making decisions.

                  I was impressed with his work-rate to cover those clearances when play broke down and quickly switched to the other half of the field. He used the full array of his communication and management skills, and was prepared to have an off the ball quiet word with a player out of the gaze of the vast majority of spectators.

                  On one occasion a Barnsley player lost a little composure and faced the referee in a pictorial show of dissent, publicly waving his arms. To his credit, the referee did not make a big scene of what clearly was an act of dissent. However, when the player continued to have a go the referee took the player to one side and issued an appropriate caution (yellow card).

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                  He made it clear to the players around that this player had overstepped the mark and that is why a yellow card was issued. He managed free kicks very well and his estimation of 10 yards was good.

                  In the first half the home team manager appeared to visibly show his unhappiness with a decision. The referee did not overreact and took his time to walk to the technical area and have a quiet word.

                  I was impressed by his detection of holding, pulling offences which he correctly penalised.

                  Yes, there was confusion over which team had a player sent off late in the game. But correctly, this was Barnsley's Adam Hammill for going two-footed in a challenge with Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson. One team's manager and the other's assistant manager were dismissed from the technical area after the intervention of the fourth official.

                  Where I would criticise is that the referee needed to isolate the offending player rather than leave many under the impression he had shown the red card to his opponent, as clearly looked to be the case. That is a learning point. But Mr Bankes, overall you performed well. I do hope that you can demonstrate this quality of performance in future games.


                    Updated: 6th December 2016

                    We always like to hear the thoughts and comments of the fans, and as always you guys have been very active on social media posting in your opinions. We don't ignore them here at You Are The Ref, so let's take a look at some of the best comments (posted in time order):

                      Neil Warnock talking to Alan Biggs

                      Neil Warnock

                      A few weeks back in the job as Cardiff City manager (always wanted to manage abroad, by the way!) and – surprise, surprise – I’ve had a few different types of referee. There are the ones who are pernickety and blow for everything – and those who make mistakes for both sides but keep the game flowing.

                      I think you’ll know the ones I prefer! There are some that seem somehow to want to be more in the spotlight. That’s the type who will give free-kicks for nothing. They’ll whistle two or three times in a minute, which is frustrating for everyone including the crowd. The other sort are probably getting more wrong in terms of the laws but there’s more flow to the game, like in the old days.

                      The standard of football is so good in the Championship that it’s true what they say, anybody can beat anybody, so one wrong decision can make the difference between teams at times. So far at Cardiff the one call that stands out for me in that respect is when we went up to Newcastle, gave them a good game and ended up losing 2-1. I thought we deserved a penalty in that game when one of our lads got tugged back.

                      It wasn’t the referee, Tony Harrington, who was to blame for that one in my eyes. I was disappointed one of his assistant referees didn’t see it. He put the flag up – but gave the foul the other way. That was unbelievable for me. You write in about stuff like that but it always seems to come back that the assessor thinks the decision was correct. Not that that surprises me in the least.

                      Tony Harrington

                      Since I’ve returned to management I’ve been more disappointed in the assistants – linesmen as I’d still rather call them – than the referees. I don’t feel they know the game in some cases. But I have to say there’s a lot for them to think about with offside these days and the demand for a delayed flag doesn’t help. It used to be a split second call but now they can be waiting several seconds deciding whether players are active or not.

                      With the refs, one positive thing to say is that having a professional group at Championship level (Select Group 2) is a good step forward. I haven’t seen a referee who doesn’t look fit enough to get around the pitch and keep up with play, whereas that has been a problem in the past. As a general point, when I watch the Premier League there are times when I’m glad that some of those referees we had in the Championship previously got promoted – but it’s sod’s law that I’ll probably get them in the cup!

                      Going back to the Newcastle game, I was surprised to see that Mr. Harrington, the referee, came from the Hartlepool area. Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that this in any way influenced him or the outcome. I think that if referees make mistakes then they are honest ones, wherever they’re from. But for me, it’s just the way it looks. Hartlepool was one of the clubs I played for and there were an awful lot of Newcastle fans in and around the town. My next door neighbour and all his family and friends were supporters. I can’t imagine there are many Cardiff fans living there. As I say, it’s all about appearances and protecting referees from any pressure of this sort. Better in my view for a referee appointed to Newcastle v Cardiff to come from somewhere central in the country.

                      By the way, in case you’re wondering, I still like to do a bit of shouting on the touchline. But I like to think I’ve mellowed a little in my approach to match officials generally. I try to be more constructive when I see them after games. Meanwhile, I’m loving being back involved at Cardiff, working with some good people and enthusiastic supporters.

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