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EPCR Champions & Challenge Cup – Round 1 & 2 appointments announced

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EPCR have announced the match officials for the first two rounds of the Invested Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

There’s debuts in the top comp for Scotland’s Sam Grove-White and the RFU’s Antony Woodthorpe. Congrats to both.

England’s Matthew Carley will be in charge of a weekend one repeat of last year’s final as Stade Rochelais host Leinster Rugby at the Stade Marcel Deflandre.

Edit: Any changes made since original posting are shown with a strikethrough.

EPCR Investec Champions Cup – round 1 (8-10 Dec)

Glasgow Warriors v Northampton Saints Referee: Mathieu Raynal Luc Ramos (FRA) ARs: Vivien Praderie (FRA) & Jonathan Gasnier (FRA) TMO: Thomas Charabas (FRA)

Connacht Rugby v Union Bordeaux-Bègles Referee: Karl Dickson (ENG) ARs: Joe James (ENG) & John Meredith (ENG) TMO: Stuart Terheege (ENG)

RC Toulon v Exeter Chiefs Referee: Andrew Brace Chris Busby (IRE) ARs: Andrew Cole (IRE) & Oisin Quinn (IRE) TMO: Leo Colgan (IRE)

Bath Rugby v Ulster Rugby Referee: Pierre Brousset (FRA) ARs: Luc Ramos Flavien Hourquet (FRA) & Kevin Bralley (FRA) TMO: Denis Grenouillet (FRA)

Stade Toulousain v Cardiff Rugby Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe (ENG) ARs: Greg Macdonald Hamish Grant (ENG) & Jamie Leahy (ENG) TMO: David Rose (ENG)

Munster Rugby v Aviron Bayonnais Referee: Luke Pearce (ENG) ARs: Dan Jones Karl Dickson (ENG) & Peter Allan (ENG) TMO: Tom Foley Dan Jones (ENG)

Vodacom Bulls v Saracens Referee: Andrea Piardi (ITA) ARs: Beonit Rousselet (FRA) & Filippo Russo (ITA) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FRA)

Bristol Bears v Lyon Referee: Craig Evans (WAL) ARs: Ben Breakspear (WAL) & Gwyn Morris (WAL) TMO: Ben Whitehouse Ian Davies (WAL)

Sale Sharks v Stade Français Paris Referee: Mike Adamson (SCO) ARs: Ian Kenny (SCO) & Jonny Perriam (SCO) TMO: David Sutherland (SCO)

Leicester Tigers v DHL Stormers Referee: Tual Trainini (FRA) ARs: Adrien Marbot (FRA) & Evan Urruzmendi (FRA) TMO: Cedric Marchat (FRA)

Stade Rochelais v Leinster Rugby Referee: Matthew Carley (ENG) ARs: Hamish Smales (ENG) & Paul Dix (ENG) TMO: Andrew Jackson (ENG)

Racing 92 v Harlequins Referee: Frank Murphy (IRE) ARs: Peter Martin (IRE) & Paul Haycock (IRE) TMO: Olly Hodges (IRE)

EPCR Investec Champions Cup – round 2 (15-17 Dec)

Northampton Saints v RC Toulon Referee: Craig Evans (WAL) ARs: Ben Breakspear (WAL) & Gwyn Morris (WAL) TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WAL)

Aviron Bayonnais v Glasgow Warriors Referee: Adam Leal (ENG) ARs: Karl Dickson (ENG) & Dan Jones (ENG) TMO: Stuart Terheege (ENG)

Saracens v Connacht Rugby Referee: Luc Ramos (FRA) ARs: Jeremy Rozier (FRA) & Thomas Chereque (FRA) TMO: Patrick Dellac (FRA)

DHL Stormers v Stade Rochelais Referee: Christophe Ridley (ENG) ARs: Gianluca Gnecchi (ITA) & Simon Harding (ENG) TMO: Ian Tempest (ENG)

Union Bordeaux-Bègles v Bristol Bears Referee: Frank Murphy (IRE) ARs: Peter Martin (IRE) & Paul Haycock (IRE) TMO: Olly Hodges (IRE)

Leinster Rugby v Sale Sharks Referee: Pierre Brousset (FRA) ARs: Vincent Blasco (FRA) & Kexin Bralley (FRA) TMO: Denis Grenouillet (FRA)

Lyon v Vodacom Bulls Referee: Mike Adamson (SCO) ARs: Jonny Perriam (SCO) & Finlay Brown (SCO) TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SCO)

Ulster Rugby v Racing 92 Referee: Luke Pearce (ENG) ARs: Joe James (ENG) & Jonathan Healy (ENG) TMO: Tom Foley (ENG)

Cardiff Rugby v Bath Rugby Referee: Sam Grove-White (SCO) ARs: Ru Campbell (SCO) & Rob McDowell (SCO) TMO: Hollie Davidson (SCO)

Exeter Chiefs v Munster Rugby Referee: Tual Trainini (FRA) Mathieu Raynal (FRA) ARs: Adrien Marbot (FRA) & Evan Urruzmendi (FRA) TMO: Cedric Marchat (FRA)

Harlequins v Stade Toulousain Referee: Chris Busby (IRE) ARs: Andrew Brace Cole (IRE) & Joy Neville (IRE) TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRE)

Stade Français Paris v Leicester Tigers Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GEO) ARs: Saba Abulashvili (GEO) & Shota Tevzadze (GEO) TMO: Matteo Liperini (ITA)

EPCR Challenge Cup – round 1 (8-10 Dec)

ASM Clermont Auvergne v Edinburgh Rugby Referee: Chris Busby (IRE) Ben Whitehouse (Wal) ARs: Joy Neville (IRE) & Padraig Reidy (IRE) TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRE)

Zebre Parma v Toyota Cheetahs Referee: Jack Makepeace (ENG) ARs: Sara Cox (ENG) & Gareth Holsgrove (ENG) TMO: Dean Richards (ENG)

Black Lion v Gloucester Rugby Referee: Adam Jones (WAL) ARs: Tom Spurrier (WAL) & Elgan Williams (WAL) TMO: Sean Brickell (WAL)

Castres Olympique v Scarlets Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GEO) ARs: Saba Abulashvili (GEO) & Shota Tevzadze (GEO) TMO: Matteo Liperini (ITA)

Hollywoodbets Sharks v Section Paloise Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (ITA) ARs: Christophe Ridley (ENG) & Simon Harding (ENG) TMO: Ian Tempest (ENG)

Ospreys v Benetton Rugby Referee: Ludovic Cayre (FRA) ARs: Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy (FRA) & Pierre Bru (FRA) TMO: Patrick Dellac (FRA)

Dragons RFC v Oyonnax Rugby Referee: Eoghan Cross (IRE) ARs: Keane Davison (IRE) & Tomas O’Sullivan (IRE) TMO: Mark Patton (IRE)

USAP v Emirates Lions Referee: Adam Leal (ENG) ARs: Alex Thomas (ENG) & Neil Chivers (ENG) TMO: Rowan Kitt (ENG)

Newcastle Falcons v Montpellier Hérault Rugby Referee: Sam Grove-White (SCO) ARs: Hollie Davidson (SCO) & Ru Campbell (SCO) TMO: Andrew McMenemy (SCO)

EPCR Challenge Cup – round 2 (15-17 Dec)

Gloucester Rugby v ASM Clermont Auvergne Referee: Hollie Davidson (SCO) ARs: Ian Kenny (SCO) & Ru Campbell (SCO) TMO: David Sutherland (SCO)

Scarlets v Black Lion Referee: Jeremy Rozier (FRA) ARs: Vivien Praderie (FRA) & Thomas Chereque (FRA) TMO: Patrick Dellac (FRA)

Edinburgh Rugby v Castres Olympique Referee: Adam Jones (WAL) ARs: Tom Spurrier (WAL) & Elgan Williams (WAL) TMO: Sean Brickell (WAL)

Oyonnax Rugby v Zebre Parma Referee: Hamish Smales (ENG) ARs: Sara Cox (ENG) & Jon Meredith (ENG) TMO: Dean Richards (ENG)

Benetton Rugby v USAP Referee: Eoghan Cross (IRE) ARs: Dan Carson (IRE) & Robbie Jenkinson (IRE) TMO: Leo Colgan (IRE)

Emirates Lions v Newcastle Falcons Referee: Benoit Rousselet (FRA) ARs: Andrea Piardi (ITA) Morne Ferreira (SA) & Filippo Russo (ITA) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FRA)

Section Paloise v Dragons RFC Referee: Federico Vedovelli (ITA) ARs: Alex Frasson (ITA) & Manuel Bottino (ITA) TMO: Stefano Roscini (ITA)

Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Ospreys Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe (ENG) ARs: George Selwood (ENG) & James Clarke (ENG) TMO: David Rose (ENG)

Toyota Cheetahs v Hollywoodbets Sharks Referee: Andrea Piardi (ITA) ARs: Benoit Rousselet (FRA) & Filippo Russo (ITA) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FRA)

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Who is the referee? Which officials are in charge of the UEFA Champions League matches?

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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Keep track of who is officiating at every UEFA Champions League game.

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Daniele Orsato will officiate the Matchday 6 game between Copenhagen and Galatasaray

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The match officials for each UEFA Champions League game will appear on this page as soon as they are announced.

The Referees Committee appoints the referee team for each match. Only referees whose names appear on the official FIFA list of referees are eligible. The Referees Committee's decision is final.

Group stage

19/09: AC Milan vs Newcastle – José María Sánchez (ESP) 19/09: Young Boys vs Leipzig – Enea Jorgji (ALB) 19/09: Feyenoord vs Celtic – Irfan Peljto (BIH) 19/09: Lazio vs Atlético de Madrid  – Slavko Vinčić (SVN) 19/09: Paris vs Dortmund – Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) 19/09: Man City vs Crvena zvezda – João Pinheiro (POR) 19/09: Barcelona vs Antwerp – Radu Petrescu (ROU) 19/09: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Porto – Davide Massa (ITA)

20/09: Galatasaray vs Copenhagen – Georgi Kabakov (BUL) 20/09: Real Madrid vs Union Berlin – Espen Eskås (NOR) 20/09: Bayern vs Man United – Glenn Nyberg (SWE) 20/09: Sevilla vs Lens – Tobias Stieler (GER) 20/09: Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven  – Felix Zwayer (GER) 20/09: Braga vs Napoli – Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) 20/09: Benfica vs Salzburg – Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 20/09: Real Sociedad vs Inter – Michael Oliver (ENG)

03/10: Union Berlin vs Braga  – Srdjan Jovanović (SRB) 03/10: Salzburg vs Real Sociedad  – Bartosz Frankowski (POL) 03/10: Man United vs Galatasaray  – Ivan Kružliak (SVK) 03/10: Copenhagen vs Bayern  – Orel Grinfeeld (ISR) 03/10: Lens vs Arsenal  – Marco Guida (ITA) 03/10: PSV Eindhoven vs Sevilla  – Daniele Orsato (ITA) 03/10: Napoli vs Real Madrid  – Clément Turpin (FRA) 03/10: Inter vs Benfica  – Danny Makkelie (NED)

04/10: Atlético de Madrid vs Feyenoord – François Letexier (FRA) 04/10: Antwerp vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Rade Obrenovič (SVN) 04/10: Celtic vs Lazio  – Donatas Rumšas (LTU) 04/10: Dortmund vs Milan  – Szymon Marciniak (POL) 04/10: Newcastle vs Paris  – István Kovács (ROU) 04/10: Leipzig vs Man City  – Artur Dias (POR) 04/10: Crvena zvezda vs Young Boys  – William Collum (SCO) 04/10: Porto vs Barcelona – Anthony Taylor (ENG)

24/10: Galatasaray vs Bayern  – Davide Massa (ITA) 24/10: Inter vs Salzburg  – François Letexier (FRA) 24/10: Man United vs Copenhagen – Marco Guida (ITA) 24/10: Sevilla vs Arsenal – Glenn Nyberg (SWE) 24/10: Lens vs PSV Eindhoven  – Radu Petrescu (ROU) 24/10: Braga vs Real Madrid  – Michael Oliver (ENG) 24/10: Union Berlin vs Napoli  – Irfan Peljto (BIH) 24/10: Benfica vs Real Sociedad – Clément Turpin (FRA)

25/10: Feyenoord vs Lazio  – Tobias Stieler (GER) 25/10: Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk  – Ivan Kružliak (SVK) 25/10: Celtic vs Atlético de Madrid – Felix Zwayer (GER) 25/10: Paris vs Milan  – Slavko Vinčić (SVN) 25/10: Newcastle vs Dortmund  – Artur Dias (POR) 25/10: Leipzig vs Crvena zvezda – José María Sánchez (ESP) 25/10: Young Boys vs Man City  – Morten Krogh (DEN) 25/10: Antwerp vs Porto – Benoît Bastien (FRA)

07/11: Dortmund vs Newcastle  – Alejandro Hernández (ESP) 07/11: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Barcelona  – Irfan Peljto (BHZ) 07/11: Atlético de Madrid vs Celtic  – Ivan Kružliak (SVK) 07/11: Lazio vs Feyenoord  – Szymon Marciniak (POL) 07/11: Milan vs Paris  – Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) 07/11: Man City vs Young Boys  – Erik Lambrechts (BEL) 07/11: Crvena zvezda vs Leipzig  – Daniele Orsato (ITA) 07/11: Porto vs Royal Antwerp  – Maurizio Mariani (ITA)

08/11: Napoli vs Union Berlin – Danny Makkelie (NED) 08/11: Real Sociedad vs Benfica  – Anthony Taylor (ENG) 08/11: Bayern vs Galatasaray  – António Nobre (POR) 08/11: Copenhagen vs Man United – Donatas Rumšas (LTU) 08/11: Arsenal vs Sevilla  – István Kovács (ROU) 08/11: PSV Eindhoven vs Lens  – Daniel Siebert (GER) 08/11: Real Madrid vs Braga  – Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 08/11: Salzburg vs Inter  – Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

28/11: Lazio vs Celtic  – Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 28/11: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Antwerp  – Bartosz Frankowski (POL) 28/11: Feyenoord vs Atlético de Madrid  – Anthony Taylor (ENG) 28/11: Paris vs Newcastle  – Szymon Marciniak (POL) 28/11: Milan vs Dortmund – István Kovács (ROU) 28/11: Man City vs Leipzig – Glenn Nyberg (SWE) 28/11: Young Boys vs Crvena zvezda  – Danny Makkelie (NED) 28/11: Barcelona vs Porto – Daniele Orsato (ITA)

29/11: Galatasaray vs Man United  – José María Sánchez (ESP) 29/11: Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven  – Davide Massa (ITA) 29/11: Bayern vs Copenhagen  – Stéphanie Frappart (FRA) 29/11: Arsenal vs Lens  – Artur Dias (POR) 29/11: Real Madrid vs Napoli  – François Letexier (FRA) 29/11: Braga vs Union Berlin  – Clément Turpin (FRA) 29/11: Benfica vs Inter  – Andris Treimanis (LVA) 29/11: Real Sociedad vs Salzburg – Mykola Balakin (UKR)

12/12: Lens vs Sevilla  – Felix Zwayer (GER) 12/12: PSV Eindhoven vs Arsenal  – Tobias Stieler (GER) 12/12: Man United vs Bayern  – Espen Eskås (NOR) 12/12: Copenhagen vs Galatasaray  – Daniele Orsato (ITA) 12/12: Napoli vs Braga  – Slavko Vinčić (SVN) 12/12: Union Berlin vs Real Madrid  – Rade Obrenovič (SVN) 12/12: Inter vs Real Sociedad  – Sandro Schärer (SUI) 12/12: Salzburg vs Benfica – Daniel Siebert (GER)

13/12: Leipzig vs Young Boys  – Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU) 13/12: Crvena zvezda vs Man City – Aliyar Aghayev (AZE) 13/12: Atlético de Madrid vs Lazio  – Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) 13/12: Celtic vs Feyenoord  – Benoît Bastien (FRA) 13/12: Dortmund vs Paris – Glenn Nyberg (SWE) 13/12: Newcastle vs Milan – Danny Makkelie (NED) 13/12: Porto vs Shakhtar Donetsk  – István Kovács (ROU) 13/12: Antwerp vs Barcelona  – Marco Guida (ITA)

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The National RA recommends that prospective members should join through their local LRA, the easiest way being to attend one of the many local association meetings that take place across the country on a regular (usually monthly) basis. Find your nearest branch now.

Alternatively, online membership is now available for any referee who wishes to take up central membership. The National RA will then allocate you a local branch. Join now .

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Championship referee & match officials appointments for matchday 22

Posted: 12 December 2023 | Last updated: 13 December 2023

Matchday 22 of the Championship gets underway on Saturday lunchtime and the league has revealed the referees who will be officiating each game.

With that in mind, Football FanCast has created a handy list of who will be in charge of each game this weekend, as well as their respective statistics for the season thus far, per Transfermarkt .

Ipswich Town vs Norwich City

Referee: josh smith.

Ipswich Town take on their bitter rivals Norwich City on Saturday lunchtime, with the hosts hoping to build on their fine form as they continue to march towards promotion to the Premier League.

Josh Smith will marshall the proceedings and he'll be joined by assistants Matthew Jones and Sam Lewis, whilst Ben Toner takes to the touchline as the fourth official.

Smith has managed both sides this term, overseeing Ipswich's 2-0 win over Stoke City and the Canaries' 3-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road.

Bristol City vs Sunderland

Referee: stephen martin.

Bristol City play host to promotion hopefuls Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. The hosts currently reside in fourteenth, but are just four points off Sunderland who sit in sixth in the play-offs, so it's all to play for.

Referee Stephen Martin will take the reins and he'll be joined by assistants Mark Dwyer and Mark Pottage, whilst Scott Oldham oversees the action from the touchline as the fourth official.

Martin has taken charge of eight Championship fixtures this term, though he hasn't officiated a City game thus far. He did manage proceedings during Sunderland's 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City.

Hull City vs Cardiff City

Referee: keith stroud.

Hull City play host to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon as both sides look to push into the play-offs, with the pair of them currently sitting on 30 points, joint on points with Sunderland who currently occupy the last play-off place.

Referee Keith Stroud will take charge of the action in Hull and he'll be joined by assistants Matthew Smith and Greg Read. Sandwiched between the managers on the touchline will be the fourth official David Rock.

Kitchen has officiated in the Championship, League One and League Two this season.

Leeds United vs Coventry City

Referee: geoff eltringham.

Elland Road will stage the affair between Leeds United and Coventry City , with the pair separated by 16 points.

Geoff Eltringham will take care of Saturday's action and will be joined by assistant referees Shaun Hudson and Nigel Lugg, with Matthew Donohue as the fourth official.

Eltringham is yet to officiate either side up to this point of the campaign.

Millwall vs Huddersfield Town

Referee: tbc.

For Millwall and Huddersfield Town fans, the wait goes on as the EFL are yet to announce the referee appointment for the clash which is set to take place on Saturday afternoon at The Den.

Plymouth Argyle vs Rotherham United

Referee: gavin ward.

Plymouth Argyle will welcome Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon, with the latter in a spot of bother as they look to push off the bottom of the table.

Gavin Ward will take care of the proceedings alongside assistants Lee Venamore and Alex James, with John Busby as the fourth official.

Both sides are yet to win under the officiating of Ward this season, with Plymouth losing two and the one loss for Rotherham.

Preston North End vs Watford

Referee: sunny singh gill.

Preston North End welcome Watford to Deepdale, with just the one point separating both teams as they look to move into the play-off places.

Saturday's proceedings will be stewarded by referee Sunny Singh Gill , who'll be joined by assistants Mark Stevens and Jonathan Hunt. David Webb has been appointed fourth official.

Gill officiated a Preston draw in the Championship earlier on this season, but is yet to be in charge of a game featuring Watford.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Queens Park Rangers

Referee: andy davies.

Strugglers Sheffield Wednesday will play host to fellow bottom three side Queens Park Rangers this Saturday afternoon, with both teams in need of a huge three points.

Taking charge will be referee Andy Davies , alongside assistants Andrew Dallison and Darren Williams, with Leigh Doughty on fourth official duties.

Davies has already taken charge of a win for Sheffield Wednesday this season as they defeated Rortherham United at home, but he is yet to officiate a game involving Queens Park Rangers.

Southampton vs Blackburn Rovers

Southampton and Blackburn Rovers fans face an anxious wait to see who's set to take charge of their clash this weekend, with a win just as important for both teams, with the Saints looking to cement their place in the play-offs and a win possibly helping Blackburn gain one.

Swansea City vs Middlesbrough

Referee: james bell.

Swansea City will welcome Middlesbrough to the Liberty Stadium this Saturday afternoon, with just three points separating the two.

James Bell will take care of proceedings alongside Ian Cooper and James Wilson who have been appointed as the assistant referees, whilst Ben Atkinson assumes fourth official responsibilities.

Bell refereed Middlesbrough's defeat to Blackburn Rovers earlier on this season, but is yet to take charge of a game involving Swansea.

West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City

Referee: andrew kitchen.

West Bromwich Albion welcome a managerless Stoke City to the Hawthorns on Sunday lunchtime, with both teams currently fighting at opposite ends of the table.

Andrew Kitchen will take charge on Sunday, with Richard Wild and Craig Taylor as his assistants. John Busby has been appointed as the fourth official.

Kitchen has refereed Stoke twice this season and West Brom just the once, with one win and one loss for the Potters, whilst the Baggies secured a 3-1 win over Hull City at home.

Birmingham City vs Leicester City

Referee: david webb.

League leaders Leicester City will play host to a struggling Birmingham City side on Monday night, with Wayne Rooney currently finding himself in a spot of bother as the Blues continue to slide down the table.

David Webb has been appointed as the referee and will be joined by assistants Rob Smith and Andrew Fox, with Leigh Doughty on fourth official commitments.

As far as these teams go, Webb has managed just one game a piece with Leicester winning theirs and Birmingham losing 3-1 to Southampton a month and a half a go.

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2023 Concacaf Caribbean Cup Referee Appointments: Final and Third Place Second Leg

Miami, FL – Concacaf has announced the Referees appointed for the 2023 Concacaf Caribbean Cup Second Leg Final and Third Place match taking place between December 5 - 6, 2023.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2023

Moca FC (DOM) vs Harbour View FC (JAM)

REF:      NORBERTO DA SILVA (Curaçao)

AR1:     KEDLEE POWELL (Cayman Islands)

AR2:      LEONEL GARCIA (Cuba)

4TH:      YADEL MARTINEZ (Cuba)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023

Cavalier FC (JAM) vs SV Robinhood (SUR)

REF:      KWINSI WILLIAMS (Trinidad and Tobago)

AR1:     CALEB WALES (Trinidad and Tobago)

AR2:      GRAEME BROWNE (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

4TH:      REON RADIX (Grenada)

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Refereeing appointments for this week’s Championship and pre-season friendlies as Chris Kendall gets marquee gig

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IN the build-up to the game day, fans and supporters are eager to know their clubs’ squad for the match ahead.

Some of this build-up also includes match appointments from the RFL in terms of officials at particular games.

Here are the referees for this weekend’s warm up matches as well as the Championship fixtures, including a mouthwatering tie between Featherstone Rovers and Halifax Panthers on Sunday.

Warm up matches

Warrington Wolves v North Wales Crusaders 10th February, KO: 19:30 Referee: R. Cox Touch Judge 1: P. Marklove Touch Judge 2: A. Billington

Wakefield Trinity Reserves v Castleford Tigers Reserves 11th February, KO: 14:00 Referee: M. Clayton Touch Judge 1: F. Brown Touch Judge 2: O. Bowie

Huddersfield Giants v Dewsbury Rams 12th February, KO: 15:00 Referee: M. Smaill Touch Judge 1: R. Cox Touch Judge 2: L. Bland

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Toulouse Olympique XIII v Newcastle Thunder 11th February, KO: 18:00 Referee: M. Griffiths Time Keeper: D. Segura

Widnes Vikings v Keighley Cougars 12th February, KO: 15:00 Referee: L. Moore Reserve Referee: A. Billington Touch Judge 1: J. Vella Touch Judge 2: W. Turley Time Keeper: P. Cluskey

Barrow Raiders v Sheffield Eagles 12th February, KO: 15:00 Referee: B. Thaler Reserve Referee: C. Etchells Touch Judge 1: N. Bennett Touch Judge 2: D. Bowmer Time Keeper: B. Hartle

Batley Bulldogs v Swinton Lions 12th February, KO: 15:00 Referee: A. Moore Reserve Referee: C. Hughes Touch Judge 1: A. Smith Touch Judge 2: E. Mccarthy Time Keeper: M. Hebblethwaite

Featherstone Rovers v Halifax Panthers 12th February, KO: 16:00 Referee: C. Kendall Reserve Referee: S. Jenkinson Touch Judge 1: L. Rush Touch Judge 2: J. Roberts Time Keeper: P. Smith

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The latest example is Face Pay, which replaces a Metro card with facial recognition. It may be advanced, but activists are sounding the alarm on privacy issues.

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By Celestine Bohlen

The Moscow Metro — a world-class marvel of efficient mass transportation since it opened in 1935 — made headlines last month with a very 21st-century innovation: a payment system that doesn’t require passengers to produce a ticket, a transit card, a smartphone or a contactless bank card. All they have to do is show their face.

By Oct. 15, the facial recognition system, called Face Pay, was up and running at about 240 stations on the Moscow Metro, a sprawling and constantly expanding system famous for its on-time track record and its grandiose and ornate stations.

Moscow city officials were quick to tout the system’s latest technological innovation, one of several over the last decade. “There are no analogues of Face Pay in terms of quality and ease of use for a passenger anywhere in the world,” said Maksim Liksutov, deputy mayor for transport.

To activate Face Pay, passengers must connect their photo with a bank card and the Metro’s Troika, or transit card, via a special mobile app. Once connected, a camera at the turnstiles identifies their faces (even with masks on) and opens the gates. In theory, it should take two to three seconds for a passenger to clear the turnstile, easing the crush of people at peak rush hours.

It is one of the most visible — and controversial — of the city’s projects to modernize its services, one that takes full advantage of advancing biometric technology and the skills of a new generation of Russian computer engineers. “The technology is new and very complex, we will continue to work on improving it,’’ said Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, in a statement.

But digital privacy activists in Russia were quick to raise the alarm, noting that the new system is not just about improving service on the Moscow Metro. “It is a good pretext to put cameras at the turnstiles,’’ said Artyom Koslyuk, a director at Roskomsvoboda, a digital rights group based in Moscow. “This will allow them to perfect the algorithms used for the recognition of faces.’’

According to Mr. Koslyuk, Moscow ranks third in the world for the most surveillance on streets and public transport, with some 200,000 cameras placed around the city and on the Metro to help police identify criminals and prevent crime. Russian police have already used facial recognition to find and arrest demonstrators who participated in peaceful opposition protests.

The two other countries that have gone ahead with facial recognition payment systems are China and Belarus, where privacy rights are also of little concern to the government. (In Belarus, the facial recognition system on the Minsk metro is called Look and Go.) In contrast, the European Parliament voted last month in favor of a nonbinding resolution to ban use of facial recognition technology in public places for police purposes.

Moscow officials have tried to calm concerns about privacy invasion by insisting that the images and data collected are “securely encrypted.’’ Roskomsvoboda, though, said they have uncovered evidence that the system is porous, vulnerable to intruders who can use the data and images for criminal purposes.

Privacy advocates are pushing for a more transparent system of control for this and other advanced, and often intrusive, technologies. “We need to be sure that all these innovations are used to help the people, not harm them,’’ said Mr. Koslyuk.

Face Pay is part of a broader set of efforts in the city to institute technological solutions. Moscow is undoubtedly Russia’s “smartest” city, not least because it is the nation’s capital, and a focus of government attention. Its 12.5 million people make it the second most populous city in Europe — and it is growing. Between 2002 and 2010, while Russia’s population decreased by 1.2 percent, Moscow’s grew by 10.9 percent. And the average wage in the capital is almost double the national average.

The capital also gets royal treatment from the federal government. In 2019, Moscow’s urban renewal budget equaled that of the rest of the country.

“Moscow has the power in terms of finance and budgets,’’ said Sergei Kamolov, a professor at the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “Moscow is in the avant-garde, a test case for all different kinds of systems.’’

Two years ago, Russia adopted its own system for ranking its “smart cities,” measuring what is called their “I.Q. level.” This provides benchmarks for cities to measure progress in putting modern techniques and digital services in place for their population. Mr. Kamolov said these are useful tools to pressure local officials to meet targets set in a national “Smart Cities” program.

Mr. Kamolov, who is member of a working group on the “Smart Cities” program, cautions that its ideas and technologies are not easily duplicated from city to city. Nor, he said, do fancy new technologies necessarily have an impact on the citizens’ quality of life. “It seems to me that ‘Smart Cities’ is a deep marketing concept,’’ he said in a telephone interview.

In recent years, Russia has put a major nationwide effort into its e-government services. Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Russia developed a system of e-visas, allowing tourists to come into the country for a limited time and for limited purpose. And like many countries, it has developed a popular online government portal — known as Gosuslugi , a one-stop website where citizens can retrieve documents, pay fines and make appointments. In a 2020 United Nations e-government survey , Russia’s services ranked 36th out of 193 countries.

In this, as in other areas, Moscow leads the way. More Muscovites use Gosuslgi proportionately than any other region of Russia — not surprising given its concentration of young, educated and computer literate people. But other regions are stepping up efforts to catch up, by offering special courses for computer literacy , especially for the elderly.

Moscow and six other regions were also used as a test case for Russia’s experiment with online voting in last September’s parliamentary elections. The system was challenged by democracy protesters, who described it as a “black box” that allowed the government to fiddle with the vote. Setting aside the contested results — a huge caveat, to be sure — online voting did its job, at least on a technical level.

Moscow has introduced other digital services in health care, in schools and in the legal system, but transportation continues to receive a hefty share of the city’s modernization budget.

According to Mr. Kamolov, Moscow has the largest fleet of electronic buses in Europe while the Metro — which now moves about six million passengers on weekdays (down from more than eight million in the pre-Covid era) — still commands a large portion of public funds: $27 billion for expansion and improvement from 2011 to 2022 , most of it for expansion but some of it undoubtedly for the facial recognition system that is now expected to be introduced in other Russian cities.

At Roskomsvoboda, Mr. Koslyuk says the key to introducing advanced digital services that depend on personal data is trust. ‘‘We need to be sure there are controls,’’ he said. “These improvements can be a double-edged sword.”

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