Fortunately, Drupal 8 is not needed. It is possible to build references to the role using core fields.
You can read how to do this here - http://zanzarra.com/blog/referencing-roles-drupal-7-8-entities#howto
- Maintenance status: Minimally maintained
- Development status: Maintenance fixes only
- Module categories: Content Construction Kit (CCK), Fields
- Reported installs: 1,971 sites currently report using this module. View usage statistics.
- Downloads: 18,504
- Last modified: 24 May 2016
- Stable releases for this project are covered by the security advisory policy.
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