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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

    Tuesday 25th April

    Chelsea v Southampton
    Assistants: H Lennard, D Cann
    Fourth official: K Friend

    Wednesday 26th April

    Arsenal v Leicester City
    Assistants: A Garratt, M Scholes
    Fourth official: B Madley
    Middlesbrough v Sunderland
    Assistants: I Hussin, S Long
    Fourth official: P Tierney
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
    Assistants: S Bennett, A Halliday
    Fourth official: S Attwell

    Thursday 27th April

    Manchester City v Manchester United
    Assistants: S Burt, A Nunn
    Fourth official: N Swarbrick

    Saturday 29th April

    Southampton v Hull City
    Assistants: I Hussin, S Long
    Fourth official: P Tierney

    Stoke City v West Ham United
    Assistants: S Beck, D Eaton
    Fourth official: C Pawson

    Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth
    Assistants: S Child, S Ledger
    Fourth official: A Taylor

    West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
    Assistants: D Cann, R West
    Fourth official: R East

    Crystal Palace v Burnley
    Assistants: A Nunn, M Perry
    Fourth official: A Marriner

    Sunday 30th April

    Manchester United v Swansea City
    Assistants: G Beswick, M Wilkes
    Fourth official: M Jones

    Everton v Chelsea
    Assistants: E Smart, A Halliday
    Fourth official: M Atkinson

    Middlesbrough v Manchester City
    Assistants: H Lennard, A Garratt
    Fourth official: L Mason
    Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
    Assistants: S Bennett, J Collin
    Fourth official: A Marriner

    Monday 1st May

    Watford v Liverpool
    Assistants: C Hatzidakis, P Kirkup
    Fourth official: R East

    SkyBet Championship

    Friday 28th April

    Cardiff City v Newcastle United
    Adrian Holmes and David Bryan
    Fourth Official Andy Davies

    Saturday 29th April

    Barnsley v Burton Albion
    Adam Matthews and Shaun Hudson
    Fourth Official Darren Deadman

    Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town
    Mark Scholes and Michael McDonough
    Fourth Official David Coote

    Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
    John Flynn and Billy Smallwood
    Fourth Official Andrew Madley

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City
    Mark Russell and Neil Davies
    Fourth Official Andy Davies

    Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers
    James Mainwaring and Michael George
    Fourth Official Mark Heywood

    Fulham v Brentford
    Matthew McGrath and Geoffrey Russell
    Fourth Official Simon Hooper

    Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday
    Nigel Lugg and Darren Blunden
    Fourth Official Nick Hopton

    Leeds United v Norwich City
    Paul Hodskinson and Christopher Akers
    Fourth Official Stephen Martin

    Preston North End v Rotherham United
    Steven Meredith and Akil Howson
    Fourth Official Scott Duncan

    Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest
    Daniel Robathan and Robert Merchant
    Fourth Official Robert Whitton

    Reading v Wigan Athletic
    Ian Cooper and Dan Cook
    Fourth Official Craig Hicks

    Sky Bet League One

    Sunday 30th April

    AFC Wimbledon v Oldham Athletic
    Matthew Lee and Kevin Howick
    Fourth Official Stuart Butler

    Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United
    Adam Crysell and Philip Dermott
    Fourth Official Graham Salisbury

    Bristol Rovers v Millwall
    Ian Smedley and Danny Gratton
    Fourth Official Timothy Wood

    Charlton Athletic v Swindon Town
    Rob Smith and John Law
    Fourth Official Nicholas Cooper

    Fleetwood Town v Port Vale
    Matthew Jones and Paul Marsden
    Fourth Official Gareth Mellor

    Northampton Town v Gillingham
    Alan Young and Nigel Smith
    Fourth Official Joe Clark

    Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town
    Carl Fitch-Jackson and Thomas Ramsey
    Fourth Official Andrew Hendley

    Rochdale v Bradford City
    Jonathan Hunt and Andrew Fox
    Fourth Official Michael Salisbury

    Scunthorpe United Coventry City
    Steven Rushton and Barry Cropp
    Fourth Official Christopher Ward

    Sheffield United v Chesterfield
    Ricky Wootton and Neil Sharp
    Fourth Official Joe Hull

    Southend United v Bury
    Marc Wilson and Thomas Harty
    Fourth Official Nigel Lugg

    Walsall v Milton Keynes Dons
    Robert Atkin and Peter Gooch
    Fourth Official David Benton

    Sky Bet League Two

    Saturday 29th April

    Accrington Stanley v Luton Town
    Bob Roberts and Iain Siddall
    Fourth Official Natalie Aspinall

    Barnet v Grimsby Town
    Adrian Waters and Gavin Muge
    Fourth Official Elliott Kaye

    Cambridge United v Crawley Town
    Ian Fissenden and Amy Fearn
    Fourth Official Andrew Aylott

    Carlisle United v Newport County
    Matthew Bristow and Graeme Fyvie
    Fourth Official Danny Markham

    Cheltenham Town v Hartlepool United
    Lee Venamore and Christopher Husband
    Fourth Official Daniel Leach

    Doncaster Rovers v Exeter City
    Ian Rathbone and Michael Webb
    Fourth Official Tony Peart

    Leyton Orient v Colchester United
    Lisa Rashid and Joe Simpson
    Fourth Official Anthony Da Costa

    Mansfield Town v Portsmouth
    Richard Wild and Anthony Moore
    Fourth Official Marvyn Amphlett

    Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers
    James Bell and Wade Smith
    Fourth Official Chris Isherwood

    Notts County v Blackpool
    Matthew Parry and Paul Thompson
    Fourth Official Declan Ford

    Plymouth Argyle v Crewe Alexandra
    Simon Knapp and Adrian Tranter
    Fourth Official Mark Derrien

    Yeovil Town v Stevenage
    Adam Bromley and Ravel Cheosiaua
    Fourth Official John Farries

    The FA Cup Final

    Arsenal v Chelsea
    Gary Beswick and Marc Perry
    Fourth Official: Robert Madley

    EFL Cup

    Winners - Manchester United

    EFL Trophy 

    Winners - Coventry City


    Friday 28th March

    Toronto FC v Houston Dynamo
    CJ Morgante and Joe Fletcher
    Fourth Official: Geoff Gamble

    Saturday 29th March

    Montreal Impact v Vancouver Whitecaps
    Logan Brown and Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
    Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica

    Orlando City v Colorado Rapids
    Adam Wienckowski and Frank Anderson
    Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez

    Columbus Crew v New York City
    Nick Uranga and Jeremy Hanson
    Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi

    New York Red Bulls v Chicago Fire
    Kermit Quisenberry and Jeffrey Greeson
    Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez

    FC Dallas v Portland Timbers
    Corey Parker and Cameron Blanchard
    Fourth Official: Marcos DeOliveira

    Minnesota United v San Jose Earthquakes
    Peter Balciunas and Jason White
    Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

    Sporting Kansas City v Real Salt Lake
    Anthony Vasoli and Jose Da Silva
    Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi

    Seattle Sounders v New England Revolution
    Apolinar Mariscal and Andrew Bigelow
    Fourth Official: Dave Gantar

    LA Galaxy v Philadelphia Union
    Matthew Nelson and Felisha Mariscal
    Fourth Official: Daniel Radford

    Sunday 30th March

    Atlanta United v D.C. United
    Jonathan Johnson and Kyle Atkins
    Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik

      On the The Ref Show Alan Biggs is joined by former referee Mark Halsey and ex Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Megson. This week the panel discuss Micheal Oliver the big game referee of the weekend, Manchester City v Liverpool, huge games from the Championship and a suggestion of a bust up in the tunnel!

        Joining Alan on the new look Ref Show this week was BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson and former Football League official Dean Mohareb. Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at Old Trafford was a game full of controversy with two incidents up for discussion. Both involving Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Tyrone Mings, who engaged in physical acts of aggression towards each other on two separate occasions. The performance of Kevin Friend, the man in the middle, was under scrutiny. There were also other games on topic in the Premier League and the Football League with head injuries an area of concern for the panel after an incident in a League 2 fixture.

          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).

                      Britain Football Soccer - Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley - Sky Bet Championship - Hillsborough - 13/12/16 Barnsley's Adam Hammill is shown a red card by referee Peter Bankes for a foul on Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details.

                      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.


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